Drug Summit Spotlights Societal Stigmas

Recently, prominent members of the healthcare and law enforcement communities, scientists, elected officials, educators and other community leaders discussed current local trends in mental health and substance abuse with a room full of concerned citizens and community partners.

The fourth annual Drug Abuse Summit took place at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and was broken into three different panel discussions, each exploring a different topic. Topics included stigmas, the role of the media and next steps locally.

“As a committed community partner, it is our responsibility to initiate and continue conversations about the current state of mental health and substance abuse in our communities,” said Kae Jonsons, CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation. “Part of our foundation’s mission is focused on substance abuse prevention efforts, which includes collaborating with other like-minded organizations. We are grateful to our co-hosts and the esteemed panelists, who also recognize the importance of collaboration and prevention.”

The half-day discussion was free and open to the public, thanks to co-hosts GL Homes, the Hanley Center Foundation, Max Planck Florida, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation. Florida Power & Light Co. was the presenting sponsor.

“Max Planck Florida has been proud to play a role in the annual Drug Abuse Summit,” CEO Barbara Suflas Noble said. “Our institute is committed not only to our research, which will lead to a better understanding of debilitating disease, but also to community outreach and engagement, leading to a more informed and better educated public.”

For more information about the Palm Beach County Drug Abuse Summit or other Hanley Center Foundation events, visit www.hanleycenterfoundation.org or e-mail events@hanleycenterfoundation.org.

ABOVE: Hanley Center Foundation CEO Kae Jonsons, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and Max Planck CEO Barbara Suflas Noble.