Faith, Community & Collaboration in the Fight Against Substance Addiction with TJ Ward

    Nov 8, 2023

    U.S. DEA seizures reveal a chilling reality - 60% of the pills taken off the streets pack a lethal dose of fentanyl.

    Our special guest, TJ Ward, a man of faith and a visionary in the fight against substance use disorder, shares his powerful insights and experiences.  TJ is the current Director of Advocacy at  Project Opioid North Florida.  Project Opioid North Florida is part of a statewide initiative funded by the Florida Blue Foundation to drastically reduce the number of opioid-related fatalities in our communities by bringing together key leaders to address the crisis. 

    We discuss the role of faith in recovery, the importance of addressing mental health alongside addiction, and the need for collaboration and outreach to vulnerable communities.  We explore the impact of substance use disorder on individuals, families, and society as a whole, while also discussing potential solutions, such as education, policy change, and innovative treatment approaches.

    In this episode, we will discuss: 

    • What parents need to know regarding the alarming rise of teen drug addiction
    • Progressive drug policies in U.S. cities
    • Differences in opinions on the bipartisan issue
    • The ripple effect of substance use on family dynamics
    • The importance of faith in recovery from addiction




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    Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices. 

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    Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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