I am Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division. I’d like to welcome you 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, the DEA has moved more of our resources toward community-level collaborative efforts to help reduce these numbers through education and awareness.
Through Operation Engage, our Division will focus on community engagement and prevention efforts throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, with a particular focus on D.C. Wards 5, 7, and 8, and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Some of our many Operation Engage efforts include:
- Stakeholder/Community Gatherings: To share the latest information about drug trends, drug threats, and other related pertinent information.
- Adult Engagement: To help forge strong alliances with local communities and maintain collaborative relationships with our community leaders. For example, the DEA Washington Division’s Citizens Academy offers community members the opportunity to understand the world of federal drug law enforcement and the important role the DEA and the community play, together, in combating drug trafficking, drug abuse, and related violence.
- Youth & School Engagement: To engage our community’s youth of all ages, through programs with the DEA Educational Foundation Youth Program, CADCA, and others, designed to provide drug education and prevention information in a fun and engaging way.
- Workplace Engagement: To help local businesses and employees address the effects of substance use in the workplace.
- Other Community Outreach Programs: The DEA Washington Division, along with our stakeholders, will concentrate our efforts in area communities most affected by opioid misuse. In these targeted communities, we 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.
These are only a few of the many resources and opportunities we have available to share with our communities.
I invite you, and your families, to explore our Operation Engage webpage to learn about the many resources we have available and events we have to offer. 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.
Working together with you,
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.
The DEA Washington Division be hosting a number of community events for and with our partners across the DMV this year under Operation Engage.
Just some of the community outreach events we have scheduled are posted below. Make sure you check back here and on our events page to see what we have scheduled in your area, and how to register.
Interested in partnering with us for an event in your community? Email our Community Outreach coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries or more information.
Our #OpEngageDMV 2021 events include:
- “Baby Scientist” STEM program events
- “Hooked in Fishing” field trip program events
- Summer outdoor activities
- Virtual Teen Summit with celebrity guests
- 2-day virtual youth training for local middle & high schoolers
- Drug prevention presentations and assemblies for local schools
- Red Ribbon presentations and activities for schools
- Holiday coat drive program
Virtual training opportunities:
- Virtual trainings for parents, grandparents, and caregivers
- Workplace Prevention Resources training
- Signs of Youth Drug Abuse training
- CADCA Parent & Caretaker training
- Diversion Lunch & Learn events for health care professionals & registrants
- Current drug trends & digital resources trainings for law enforcement agencies and officers
- Local drug trends & public safety resources for community groups
- Local Stakeholder Meetings
- Business Roundtable Discussions
- Speaking engagements for Prevention and Coalition partners
- Participation in local Opioid & Overdose Working Groups
- Presentations and partnerships with the U.S. Military branches
- Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts events
- Drug Awareness campaigns with local sports teams
In-person / Hybrid opportunities:
- Drug Take Back Days
- Red Ribbon week events
- DEA Citizen Academy
- Visits to local schools, community and outreach events
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.
Check out our local partners below:
- DC Prevention Center Wards 5 & 6
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.
Connect With Us!
Stay up to date with the Operation Engage initiative in D.C., Maryland and Virginia by following the
DEA Washington D.C. Twitter account @DEAWashingtonDC, and the hashtags:
#OpEngageDMV and #EngagewithDMV