DFM Efforts Acknowledged in White House Announcement

A White House press release used Drug Free Manatee’s community opioid education workshops as an example of the ways coalitions across the country are making a difference in their communities. The purpose of the press release, sent out September 20, 2017 and...

NAS Taskforce Focuses on Drug-Dependent Babies

Drug Free Manatee has formed a new taskforce dedicated to reducing the number of babies born in Manatee County with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), or opioid dependency. In the wake of the opioid crisis, five times more babies are born with this condition than...

Community Services ‘Market’ Aids Addiction Crisis in Salt Lake City

By Ally Bergmann, Program Coordinator While traveling on vacation, Drug Free Manatee Program Coordinator Ally Bergmann discovered a concentrated community “market” designed specifically for homeless residents and people suffering from addiction. Recently, while on...

DFM & Partners Bring Prevention to Anna Gayle

By Program Coordinator Ally Bergmann Another exciting opportunity that has presented itself to Drug Free Manatee and our community partners is the chance to provide substance abuse prevention to students attending the summer program at the Anna Gayle Resource Center...

Leadership Retreat Planned for Youth In Action Students

By Program Coordinator Ally Bergmann Did you know Drug Free Manatee trains groups of teens and advisers to address problems in their schools? What an amazing first year for our Youth in Action students- they identified problems, set goals, and accomplished so much! We...

Manatee DENS: From Information to Action

By Rita Chamberlain, Associate Director of Drug Free Manatee Florida is implementing a multi-level response to the opioid overdose crisis, with strategies at the local level e.g. Drug Free Manatee’s Addiction Crisis Task Force (ACT), regionally and on a statewide...

DFM Coordinates DEC Training

By Executive Director Sharon Kramer, M.ED., CPP Recognizing that Manatee County is second in Florida for child removals, Drug Free Manatee coordinated a Drug Endangered Children Training of Trainers.  141 children have been removed from their homes January-March in...

D-Fy Membership Soars to 200

By D-Fy Program Coordinator Merab Favorite Drug Free Manatee staff has recruited at total of 200 students into its Drug-Free Youth (D-Fy) program, which gives teens who choose to live a healthy lifestyle by refusing alcohol, tobacco and other drugs incentives to...

ACT Team Educates LECOM Students at Research Day Event

By Executive Director Sharon Kramer, M.ED., CPP Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) asked Addiction Crisis Taskforce (ACT) to present to 1,000 students and 200 faculty members at Research Day 2017. LECOM valued the  taskforce ‘s systems approach to address the...