My name is Keith Weis. I am the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Miami Field Division.
Welcome to Operation Engage!
As we all know, there are far too many non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses affecting our communities, and sadly, these numbers are increasing. In response, DEA has moved toward community-level collaborative efforts to help reduce these numbers through education and awareness, using our wide range of resources.
Through Operation Engage, the Miami Field Division will focus on Broward County communities, targeting the opioid drug threat.
Other components of Operation Engage include:
- Stakeholder/Community Gatherings: To share the latest information about drug trends, drug threats, and other related pertinent information.
- The DEA’s Citizens Academy: DEA recognizes the importance of forging strong alliances with local communities and maintaining collaborative relationships with community leaders. The DEA’s Citizens Academy offers participants the opportunity to understand the world of federal drug law enforcement and the important role the DEA and the community together, play in combating drug trafficking, drug misuse, and related violence.
- Youth Engagement: Through programs like DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program, and in collaboration with United Way of Broward County, children of all ages will be able to actively participate in age-appropriate activities, designed for them to learn and gain the most knowledge about the dangers of drugs in a fun way.
- Community Outreach Programs: DEA, along with stakeholder involvement, will concentrate efforts in the top five cities most affected by opioid misuse. In those targeted cities, the Miami Field Division will participate in facilitating prevention strategies to include, but not limited to, drug prevention training and technical assistance for communities, coalition outreach, and prescription drug take back events to name a few.
These are only a few of the many resources and opportunities we have available to share with
I invite you, and your families, to explore our Operation Engage webpage to learn about the many resources we have available. Learning as a family, early on, is the first step in avoiding drug experimentation, drug misuse, drug addiction, and all related behaviors that are plaguing our communities.
If you have any questions, please contact Special Agent Amy Roderick at (571) 362-3066.
What Are Opioids?
Though some people still refer to all drugs as “narcotics,” today “narcotic” refers to opium, opium derivatives, and their semi-synthetic substitutes. A more current term for these drugs, with less uncertainty regarding its meaning, is “opioid.” Examples include the illicit drug heroin and pharmaceutical drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, methadone, and fentanyl. Learn more.
Prescription drug misuse across the nation has resulted in many unintentional deaths and even more non-fatal drug overdoses. Use the resources below to educate yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic and to work to make Broward County drug free.
What Should You Do With Your Unused Meds?
Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances. You can make a difference by keeping track of the medicine you have, by rethinking where and how you keep your medications in your home, and by safely disposing of any unused medications. Read more.
Check out these drug prevention publications produced by DEA. Read more.
Looking for prevention resources specifically for young people? Go to the teen-focused site www.justthinktwice.com/. Here, they'll be able to get facts about drug use and learn ways to live a drug-free life.
Here are a few more resources for youth:
D.A.R.E.-Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives.
Stop Youth Opioid Abuse is a multi-channel effort from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative that focuses on preventing and reducing the misuse of opioids among youth and young adults.
SADD is a youth-based, peer-to-peer organization that promotes youth empowerment and uses peer influence to spread the message of positive decision-making.
Here is a list of our community partners. Learn more about them by visiting their websites, linked below.
Go to FindTreatment.gov to search for general drug treatment facilities in your area. On this site, you can find facilities that offer various payment options (including free and no-cost care), youth treatment facilities, special programs for Veterans, plus more.
Otherwise, enter your zipcode below to find substance abuse treatment facilities in your area.
We’ll be posting events here as they are scheduled. Check back to see what’s happening and where Operation Engage will show up next!
April 24, 2021 – Take Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.
Date: April 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: locations across the country
April 24, 2021 – Rompiendo Estigmas/Rising Above Stigma, a virtual county wide Behavioral Health Conference en Espanol.
DEA will partner with United Way of Broward County to bring this program to citizens of Broward County. This program brings parents together to facilitate conversations about
topics related to breaking negative cycles, cultural challenges, and coping skills related to wellness and substance abuse within the Latino Community. Learn more.
May 2021 – The Prevention with and by Youth Webinar.
This event is expected to have over 500 participants and is in partnership with United Way of Broward County. This is a countywide webinar in May of 2021, designed to provide skills related to build positive relationships and time management strategies, and to provide additional community resources promoting behavioral health and drug abuse prevention for families and youth. Learn more.
June 2021 – Youth Leadership Institute.
DEA will partner with United Way of Broward County to bring this event to high school students. This event will provide Broward County youth the necessary leadership skills to lead community wellness and substance use prevention. Learn more.
Summer 2021 – DEA Dance Program.
DEA Education Fund and DEA will partner to bring the After School Dance Program for approximately 20-25 youth in Broward County. This program provides positive messaging to youth members. Learn more.
October 23-31 - Red Ribbon Week
TBD – Girls on the Run 5K.
The 3rd-5th grade program, Girls on the Run, encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way.
In today’s unpredictable world, the strategies learned at Girls on Run are more important than ever. Learn more.