This week Justine and Amanda quickly brief everyone on their weekend at the Tampa Bay Criminal Justice Summit (more on that later), and then quickly dive into their interview with Dr. Brandee Izquierdo with S.A.F.E. Project (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic). The women discuss substance use disorder and its' relation to the criminal justice system. Brandee tells her inspirational story from the childhood trauma that led to her addiction, to her becoming justice-involved, and ultimately gaining her doctoral degree and becoming the Executive Director of S.A.F.E. Project. She points out several of the barriers that justice-involved persons or formally justice-involved persons face before, during, and after being involved in the system and the stigma attached to it. S.A.F.E. Project has multiple lines of operation to combat the addiction epidemic through public awareness, prevention, prescriptions and medical response, law enforcement and criminal justice, treatment and recovery, and family outreach and support.
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