I am Jon DeLena, Associate Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division and 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, 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, our division will focus on the Manchester, New Hampshire community, targeting the fentanyl 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 the DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program, and in collaboration with CADCA and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, 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 communities most affected by fentanyl use. In those targeted communities, the New England 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 our communities.
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.
Always at your service,
Associate Special Agent in Charge DeLena
Top Local Drug Threats
Using local statistics as a guide, local DEA officials have identified the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl and the stimulant methamphetamine as the top drug threats in the Manchester area. In 2019 about 80% of drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire involved fentanyl, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
And, according to the most recent numbers from 2020, out of 297 overdose deaths, 215 involved fentanyl.
Deaths due to methamphetamine have increased sharply since 2012.
Get facts about how methamphetamine and fentanyl affect a user's body.
Check out this list of local organizations that provide services to the public regarding addiction, community empowerment, drug education and prevention, drug take back programs, recovery, and overall health and wellness.
BeBOLD of Bedford
Boys and Girls Club of Manchester and Nashua
CADY – Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth
DEA Dance Program
Dover Youth 2 Youth
Lions Club Manchester
Makin’ It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth
Manchester Police Athletic League
Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy – Manchester Campus
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Raymond Coalition for Youth
Teen Challenge of New Hampshire
The NH Governor’s Youth Counsel
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.
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.
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
For more information, visit the official Take Back Day website.