Highlights from the DFAF 9th Annual Prevention Summit

Our member, Drug Free America Foundation, held their two-day 9th Annual Prevention Summit in Tampa, Florida on August 30-31, 2021. With nearly 250 attendees, 28 vendors, and 16 sponsors the Summit was a huge success. Over 30 influential leaders shared their expertise, data, resources, and passion for substance use prevention.

With 16 breakout sessions during the Summit, the attendees were able to attend trainings on diverse topics such as policy, the strategic prevention framework, building cultural intelligence, sex trafficking, adverse childhood experiences, transnational criminal organizations, drug trafficking trends, and much more!

Find short summaries from the speakers, written by DFAF, below:

Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody
DFAF was honoured to have Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody address attendees at the summit. Her leadership and dedication for drug demand reduction is making a difference in Florida. She emphasized the deadly toll of overdose crisis, issues at the border with drug trafficking, and a recent fentanyl seizures with enough to kill the American population three times over! AG Moody encouraged and reminded us just how important the work of prevention is.
Randy Grimes, Former NFL Player & Founder of Athletes in Recovery
As a former centre for ten years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy shared his love for football and how his passion ended up costing him everything due to his addiction to pharmaceuticals. Remarkably, Randy was able to seek treatment and proudly states his greatest achievement in life is his recovery and makes it his mission to help others in their recovery.
Ben Cort, CEO Foundry Treatment Center
Ben Cort opened our eyes to 21st-century marijuana, leaving many of us speechless as he presented with engaging content at the products produced and marketed to our youth by the marijuana industry.
Jennifer Webb, Project Director, Project Opioid Tampa Bay
Jennifer spoke about the opioid and polysubstance use crisis in the Tampa Bay region, emphasizing how mental health and substance use are intertwined. She shared her personal tragedy in witnessing the death of her younger sister who died by suicide amid her fight with opioid use disorder.
Laura Stack, Founder and CEO Johnny’s Ambassadors
Laura shared the poignant life-and-death story of her son, Johnny Stack, whose young and vibrant life ended by suicide after his descent into an addiction to high-potency marijuana and cannabis-induced psychosis. Laura left us feeling enraged and heartbroken at the consequences of marijuana legalization in Colorado. We will honour her family by actively pushing back against Big Marijuana.
Luke Niforatos, Executive Vice President, SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
Luke educated on marijuana drug policy with the adverse effects observed in states that have legalized and commercialized marijuana. He outlined the road that lies ahead as the industry pushes to legalize at the federal level and offered tools and resources to aid in this fight.
Carlton Hall, CEO Carlton Hall Consulting
DFAF was delighted to have Carlton conclude the summit with his enthusiasm for prevention! In his speech, rightfully titled, The Fierce Urgency of Now, he emphasized the importance of prevention for the sake of our children and generations to come. He has challenged everyone to Make Prevention Intentional and Obvious!

Calvina Fay Moxie Award
DFAF was honoured to present Laura Stack (Johnny’s Ambassadors), Aubree Adams (Every Brain Matters) and Corinne Gasper (Jennifer’s Messengers) with the Calvina Fay Moxie Award for their courage to protect children from dangerous drugs.

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