Law Enforcement

Dan Zsido – Vaping – Not As Safe as You Think

Dan Zsido has had 15 years of narcotics investigative experience with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He established and supervised the the Strategic Diversion Task Force investigating pharmaceutical crimes, doctor shopping, fraud, trafficking and more.

His current presentations and training target the dangers of “vaping”, especially in the teen population, the e-cigarette delivery systems and the current and potential delivery of THC and other drugs through these new devices.

A podcast listener wrote a song about addiction and we said we’d give it some air time. It’s at the end of this podcast. By Melanie Tolbert – “Addiction Salvation” is at

Drug Prevention Summit Part 3 – Dan Zsido and more

This is episode 100 and Jason and I talk about how it’s been and what we are looking forward to with the next 100 episodes.

This is also part 3 of the live onsite interviews from the 7th Annual Southeastern US Regional Drug Prevention Summit.  We interviewed recovering addict Eric Burgiss who has found a simple tool to help himself and others stay clean and sober; Dan Zsido former Pinellas County Sheriff lieutenant with the law enforcement viewpoint and Michael DeLeon, founder of Steered Straight and the #1 school presenter in the nation, which helps educate youth about the dangers of drugs.

Drug Prevention Summit Part 2 – “Tall Cop”

This is part 2 of our Drug Prevention Summit interviews, done on-site.  In this episode we interviewed an independent consultant who is an expert on the effects or drugs and how to spot the indicators of addiction; a medical doctor with a slightly different approach to addiction; and Jermaine Galloway, a cop who has educated more than 75000 people on drugs and addiction. He has won4 national awards and 1 international award since 2009 and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events.

Our thanks to Drug Free America for allowing us to interview their speakers and attendees.

Drug Prevention Summit – Part 1 -Former WH Drug Czar Robert DuPont

We interview onsite direct from the 7th Annual Drug Prevention Summit, put on by Drug Free America. Part I are interviews with key event speakers including industry leaders Former White House Drug Czar Robert DuPont; then Dr. Ken Finn; and finally Luke Niforatos, Senior Policy Advisor for “Smart Approaches to Marijuana”. Parts II and III will be uploaded in the next week, so look for them.

For more than 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. Among his many contributions to the field is his leadership as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and as the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977).

From 1968 to 1970 he was Director of Community Services, for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, heading parole and half-way house services. From 1970 to 1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration (NTA), the city-wide drug abuse treatment program that was the model for the federal government’s massive commitment to drug abuse treatment in the early 1970s. In 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

Kickin’ Butt and Takin’ Names of Fraudulant Practices in rogue rehabs – Interview with State Attorney Dave Aronberg

In the first decade of the 21st century, West Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg along with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in shutting down the pill mills in the state of Florida.  He helped lead the fight in suing Perdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin. Now once again, unscrupulous people are trying to profit from addicted individuals and families.  Dave is now going after fraud and abuse in “sober homes” and rogue rehabs in the state of Florida.  He has helped get the legislature to stiffen the penalties for patient brokering in the rehab industry.  Not only is he making Florida safe from these unethical practices but he’s going around the country teaching other areas what to do to stop the encroachment of these activities.

Be Careful what you Use – You’ll Be Shocked at What is Used to Cut Drugs

On-site at the 6th Annual Drug Prevention Summit. Thom Browne about what is added to drugs to make them more potent and lethal. He has a master’s degree in criminal justice, is the President and CEO of the global criminal justice and demand reduction consulting firm Rubicon Global Enterprises. He created treatment systems and prevention programs in over 70 countries on five continents during his 25-year career at the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Browne served at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he developed strategies, designed programs and authored research/intelligence reports addressing the original fentanyl analog/synthetic heroin and crack cocaine epidemics in the 1980s. He finished his DEA service as Chief of the Latin American Intelligence section where he authored the Reagan Administration’s cocaine suppression strategy. At INL, Browne supported the formation of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and International Society of Addiction Medicine.

You will be shocked at what is reports is actually in drugs. Heroin might be cut with quinine to double it’s price and it’s now more powerful. Besides fentanyl, what about other poisons? Current adds include banned pharmaceuticals, veterinary products, fungicides, aspirin, benadryl, blood pressure meds and other cutting agents.

Drug Trends and Dismantling in Florida – Steve Collins, Dir. of HIDTA

An interview with Steve Collins, Director of Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Following a tenured career in law enforcement, Steve now leads strategic efforts to identify and dismantle drug trafficking operations in the central Florida area and abroad.
He presented at the Drug Prevention Summit about a report about marijuana and legalizing it has affected Colorado.  There will be an upcoming report on the effects of the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida.

Pinellas County Sheriff Robert Gualtieri speaks- “A Finger in the Dike”

We interview Pinellas County Sheriff Robert Gualtieri.  Sheriff Gualtieri’s office has been dealing with drug addicts and trafficking for decades. He says that expecting law enforcement to be the solution to substance abuse is like putting the proverbial finger in the dike.  It’s way too late on the chain.  What is needed is prevention, education and treatment.

In April of 2019 he was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs Association.

Bob Gualtieri is the 14th sheriff of Pinellas County in its 104 year history. He was appointed sheriff in 2011 and elected and re-elected in 2012 and 2016, respectively. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office is the 15th largest sheriff’s office in the country with approximately 3,000 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $300 million.

He began his law enforcement and public service career as a detention deputy working in the Pinellas County jail. After attending the police academy, he joined the Dunedin Police Department as a patrol officer and later rejoined the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a law enforcement deputy. Over the next 15 years, Sheriff Gualtieri served in many different components of the agency, including several years conducting domestic and international drug trafficking investigations as part of a DEA task force.

An Interview with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

When Pam Bondi was elected as Florida’s attorney general in 2010, Florida was #1 in the country for pill mills – places where you could literally walk in with cash and walk out with pain pills.  Dealers came from all over the country to buy the pain meds and take them back to their state.  After Pam was elected, she shut down some 98 pill mills in the state.  Fighting addiction from her position is a priority for her.

State Attorney Aronberg’s War on Drugs

Today’s podcast is an interview with Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County in Florida.  Dave has worked diligently throughout his career to stem the rising drug epidemic that is affecting Florida, just like the rest of the country.  From shutting down the pill mills under Florida’s Attorney General – Pam Bondi – to making it harder for sober houses to get kickbacks from out patient rehab facilities, Dave is fighting the good fight in his country and beyond.