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...

Local Youths Complete National Leadership Training

By Drug Free Manatee Prevention Coordinator Ally Bergmann Over the weekend, Sept. 17-18, seven teams of students and advisors, representing all six public high schools and the State College of Florida Collegiate School, convened at beautiful DaySpring Conference...

Freshman Focus 2020: A Thank You to the Community

By Andrew Hartman, Project Director for Drug Free Manatee Freshman Focus 2020 has come and gone, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect and thank everyone that made the event a success. Hundreds of individuals came together from different agencies and backgrounds to...

One Mother Against ‘Medibles’ (Marijuana Edibles)

By Communications Coordinator Merab-Michal Favorite They might seem like a naughty treat or a fun indulgence to adults. They’re decorative, colorful and delicious and they come in all shapes and sizes. Cookies, cakes, brownies, granola bars, popcorn, popsicles and...