Fentanyl: Fake and Fatal


Tuesday, February 27, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Fentanyl is now the #1 cause of death in Americans 18-45 years of age. The fastest growing age demographic in America for fentanyl poisoning and death is now 14 years of age and younger. It's no longer a drug that is killing addicts, it's a weapon of mass destruction destroying a generation. Awareness is not enough; we must provide comprehensive education. This session will teach attendees exactly how to do that by providing true education with a digital video curriculum that they can provide to anyone and everyone in their field.


Michael DeLeon
Co-Founder/CEO, Steered Straight, Inc.

Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who, after 20 years of drug addiction and 8 years of crime and gang involvement, spent 12 years in state prison and halfway houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned three associate degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a CADC Educational Certificate. Michael is now in the process of obtaining his master’s degree in Addictions Counseling at Liberty University as well as pursuing his LCADC. Michael is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. A non-profit organization formed in 2007 designed with the intention of carrying a prevention message to youth and young adults regarding the extreme dangers of adolescent drug and alcohol use, bullying, and unhealthy life-choices. He is also a national speaker on the prevention of gang-involvement and criminal activity. Michael spends his time developing Steered Straight by stressing the importance of young men and women making sound, rational decisions in their day to day lives. Michael founded the Project Pride Program while incarcerated in prison. After pitching the idea for this program to then Commissioner Jack Terhune, he worked to develop the message that consequences can be severe and life-lasting. Project Pride, which is still in existence at the New Jersey Department of Corrections, is the largest prison outreach program in America. Michael has spoken to over twelve million students and young adults as a motivational speaker, delivering evidence-based student programs in all fifty states in America. In 2014, Michael became the #1 booked school presenter in America speaking at over four hundred schools and facilities. He has remained the #1 booked school presenter every year peaking with 708 schools and facilities in 2019. Covid forced Steered Straight to adapt into a fully virtual program for most of 2020 and now Steered Straight is the only fully live impact program and fully virtual impact program providing hybrid and continuing education in both formats in the country.