Understanding the Changing Drug Landscape and the Drug Enforcement Administration's Response

Wednesday, July 17th
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Grapevine D

This session will provide participants information on current drug trends (Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Synthetics, and Prescription Drugs), signs and symptoms of drug abuse and drug trafficking patterns. This training will utilize current information from local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies as well as various medical and academic contributors.  Participants will also learn about the increasing number of illicit drugs facing our nation and the overall threat of opioids/heroin in communities around the country.  Additionally, participants will hear about the DEA 360 Strategy, a three-pronged comprehensive approach to tackle the cycle of violence and addiction generated by the link between drug cartels, violent gangs, and the rising problem of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl abuse in U.S. cities.  Participants will hear in detail about current DEA 360 Strategy efforts in selected cities across the U.S. and the positive impact of those efforts within the local communities.


Part One:  Informative presentation that will increase awareness about the myths and facts regarding the misuse of prescription drugs, and the abuse of marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, synthetics and other drugs of abuse.

Presenter: Dawn Mathis, Public Affairs Specialist, Drug Enforcement Administration


Part Two: Discussion of the overall threat of opioids and heroin in communities around the country.

Presenter: Fritz Diehm, Supervisory Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration


Part Three: How the DEA is working with communities to respond to the opioid crisis and collaborative ways to address local issues.

Presenters: Michelle Spahn, Supervisory Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration; Jon DeLena, Associate Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration; Mary Forsythe-Taber, Director, Makin’ It Happen Coalition; Quincy Roy, Youth Leader

At the end of the training session, the participants will be able to: 

1. Understanding of the opioid threat
2. Recognize differences of the opioid threat in a specific geographic location
3. Understanding of opioid threat, basic understanding of challenges faced by law enforcement
4. Address current drugs of abuse and their impact on our society

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18th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute


Fritz Diehm
Supervisory Special Agent, Dallas Field Division Office
Drug Enforcement Administration

Dawn Mathis
Public Affairs Specialist
Drug Enforcement Administration

Michelle Spahn
Supervisory Special Agent,
Drug Enforcement Administration

Jon DeLena
Associate Special Agent in Charge
Drug Enforcement Administration

Mary Forsythe-Taber
Makin’ It Happen Coalition

Quincy Roy
Youth Leader