March 1, 2017
DELRAY BEACH TASK FORCE PRESENTS SUD TALKS
Five years ago I was in a room with seven people to hold an election. A potential nominee
was late and, as a result, I was nominated and voted in as Chairman of the Delray Beach
Drug Task Force. It all happened so fast and no one in that room, including myself, had
any idea of what impact the vote was about to bring into their lives, my life and to our City
of Delray Beach.
The mission of the Delray Beach Drug Task Force is to provide Community Leadership
and Education on issues related to and resulting from Substance Use Disorder. We do so
by maintaining a network and forum to discuss, advocate, and influence issues with
regards to Public Safety, Prevention and Rehabilitation.
The Delray Beach Drug Task Force is a volunteer organization conceived by a former
Delray Beach Mayor in the early 1990’s. Its mission was to provide a forum for individuals
concerned about the use of drugs and its impact within our community.
Today, the Delray Beach Task Force is comprised of diverse stakeholders, community
leaders and change agents who are willing to Stand Together as One. We are in a time and
space where solutions to the numerous issues that surround communities and those with
Substance Use Disorder requires the engagement of collaborative coalitions.
The Delray Beach Task force will be having their 2017 SUD Talks event, U.S. For SUD:
Stand Together as One, which will be an opportunity for individuals, communities and
cities across the country to join in a national call-to-action. They will lead as one voice to
change the way we think, feel, believe and treat Substance Use Disorder across the United
The main event will be live from the historic Crest Theater in Delray Beach on March 4th
and live streamed via social media platforms throughout the nation. The event will feature
a live interactive panel discussion. It will be an event that can give one voic