I am Keith Martin, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit 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 Chippewa County Michigan, with an emphasis on working with the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indian. This effort will primarily focus on targeting the threat of opioid and stimulant drugs. 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 opioid misuse. In those targeted communities, the Detroit 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,
Top Local Drug Threats
Local officials have identified opioids (including prescription painkillers, fentanyl, and heroin) and stimulants (prescription stimulants and methamphetamine) as the area's top drug threats.
- 78% of Michigan drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved at least one opioid.
- Drug overdose death rates among Michigan American Indian population* is significantly higher than within the overall population of Michigan, and higher than the overall population of the United States.
- The highest rates of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) in the U.S. are reported among Native American and Alaska Native individuals**.
Learn more about how stimulants and opioids can affect a user's body.
Here's a 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.
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 a list of our community partners below.
Chippewa County Communities That Care, Phone: (906) 635-3636
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Behavioral Health Division, Phone: (906) 248-3204
Bay Mills Behavioral Health Department, Phone: (906) 248-3204
Chippewa County Health Department, Phone: (906) 635-1566
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. Behavioral Health Division (TOP Initiative)
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.