Drug Free America Foundation
|Formation||April 22, 1976|
|Founder||Mel Sembler, Betty Sembler|
|The Straight Foundation, Inc.|
The Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization focused on drug prevention and policy that is committed to developing, promoting, and sustaining national and international policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use and drug addiction. It was founded by Betty Sembler and Mel Sembler, chairman of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Karen Tandy, and Congressman Dan Lungren of California are on the advisory board.
The foundation's vision is that nations, through their leaders and their people, create an environment where citizens live lives free of illicit drugs. It opposes the decriminalization and the legalization of cannabis and other drugs.
History and origins
Drug Free America Foundation was founded in 1995 by former U.S. Ambassador Mel Sembler and his wife, Betty. It was previously known as Straight, Incorporated, a controversial drug rehabilitation program accused of abusing its patients, and faced multiple lawsuits. DFAF does not currently run drug rehabilitation programs. The organization's programs and messages are guided by a voluntary advisory board of physicians, researchers, attorneys, businessmen, and other community leaders.
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DFAF is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nation. It accomplishes its mission through various divisions which include:
The Institute on Global Drug Policy – an alliance of physicians, scientists, attorneys and drug specialists advocating public policies that curtail the use of illicit and misuse of licit drugs and alcohol.
The International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse – a brain trust of select researchers involved in drug-related research and physicians concerned about drug abuse. This group helps provide no-tolerance perspectives related to current drug issues in the media.
The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy – a network of professionals and community leaders who support and promote drug demand reduction principles, develop community coalitions and strive to advance communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to stem illicit drugs and promote sound drug policy around the world.
The Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (DPNA) – a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from North, Central and South America dedicated to the promotion of effective demand reduction programs and policies in the Americas through the exchange of information and the development of alliances among NGOs working toward the same goals.
National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDWA) – a national network dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse in the workplace. NDWA has a two-fold mission—to directly assist small businesses in the state of Florida in establishing comprehensive drug-free workplace programs and to support a national coalition of drug-free workplace service providers.
Notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to:
- Launching national drug awareness campaign such as “It’s All About Children” and “True Compassion”
- Receiving Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
- Participating in the United Nations General Assembly's Special Session (UNGASS) in Vienna, Austria every year since 19- NEEDS DATE
- Producing and airing powerful educational public service announcements that have received multiple Telly and Addy awards and ranked in the top ten Neilson Ratings
- Launching the Institute on Global Drug Policy and the International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse.
- Organizing and hosting hundreds of regional, national, and international conferences
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- See this page Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine and this Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine on DFAF site for Advisory Board membership.
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