Operation Engage Broward County
My name is Deanne Reuter. 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.
Top Local Drug Threat
Fentanyl is Broward County's top local drug threat. Find out more about this synthetic opioid that is America's #1 drug threat by accessing the Fentanyl Fact Sheet through the link below:
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.
One Pill Can Kill
The Drug Enforcement Administration warns the American public of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. International and domestic criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills, falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills, and killing unsuspecting Americans.
These fake pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal. This alert does not apply to legitimate pharmaceutical medications prescribed by medical professionals and dispensed by pharmacists. Read more.
See Related: Check out this Fake Pills factsheet.
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.
Date: Sept. 28, 2023 (register by Sept. 25)
Time: 9:00am (registration), 9:30am-2:00pm
Where: First Baptist Fort Lauderdale, 301 East Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Join Operation Engage Broward County for the third Strengthening Faith - Communities' Partnership in Drug Prevention and Wellness and Community Wellness Forum. Learn about effective prevention strategies, diversity, equity, and inclusion in drug use prevention, and the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and substance misuse. Also, participate in a group planning session focused on the vital role faith-based organizations play in drug use prevention.
Register by Sept. 25 by scanning the QR code above or visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dea-operation-engage-miamibroward-county-town-hall-tickets-704954175917?aff=oddtdtcreator.
For more details, contact Gretchen Rovira at Gretchen.M.Rovira@dea.gov or 954-612-3285.
Connect With Us!
Please DO NOT submit tips using the feedback form on this page.
Use the official tips page (https://www.dea.gov/submit-tip) to report what appears to you as a possible violation of controlled substances laws and regulations.
Tips submitted to the feedback form below WILL NOT be addressed.
DEA. 11 January, 2021. Operation Engage Broward County. Retrieved from https://www.dea.gov/engage/operation-engage-broward-county on 27 September, 2023
DEA. "Operation Engage Broward County."Drug Enforcement Agency, 11 January, 2021, https://www.dea.gov/engage/operation-engage-broward-county Accessed 27 September, 2023.
DEA. . Drug Enforcement Agency on DEA website. https://www.dea.gov/engage/operation-engage-broward-county. 11 January, 2021. Accessed 27 September, 2023.