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Opioid Crisis in Congress 2/8/18

Opioids in Florida – Latest Stats 1/3/18

Cost of Opioid Crisis

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic – superb PBS documentary!

Family & Community discussion guide to PBS documentary

Why Opiate Addiction is Happening – article

America Addicted – PBS News Hour

DEA/FBI Video: Chasing the Dragon

Johnathon White bio

David Scharf bio

Craig Mallak, JD, MD 

Randy Katz, DO

Tammy Tucker, Psy.D. bioTF anniv year sealCorporate (Organization) Members:

ACR Electronics, Inc.
Ambit Advertising & Public

American National Bank
AvMed Health Plans

B Ocean Resort
Berger Singerman, Attys At Law
Broward County Clerk of Courts

Broward County Medical Assn.
Broward Health
City of Pompano Beach
First Bank Florida
First Green Bank
Florida Atlantic University
Gray Robinson
Henderson Behavioral Health
Horkey & Associates, PA
Iberia Bank
Marine Industries Assn SoFla

Memorial Healthcare System
Nova Southeastern University
Patricia Hartman CPA PA
Pompano Bch Chamb Commerce
Riverside Hotel
Seminole Tribe of Florida
S Fla Regional Transp Authority

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VIDEO of 2/5/15 U.S.-Cuba Relations breakfast on C-Span

Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin

Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin

Sen. George LeMieux, Anthony Man

Sen. George LeMieux, Tony Man

Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner

Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner

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The Tower Forum is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1976.  The organization consists of business executives from industries and professions in south Florida. The Tower Forum has become the “go-to” discussion venue in Broward, where these leaders identify critical issues facing our community, engage in public dialogue, and encourage positive change.


Our next breakfast is

Thurs., March 1, 2018

(To RSVP, please scroll down to RSVP blue button.) 
Every day brings another story about the depth of the country’s opioid crisis. A rise of pain killer prescriptions from doctors and a pharmaceutical industry eager to boost sales in the 1990s sparked a wave of addiction that shot up by almost 500 percent in the last 15 years. 
A recent report from Florida’s medical examiners showed a 35% increase in prescription drugs than illicit drugs, accounting for 61% of all drug occurrences.
Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Chairman Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) reported the report’s numbers were “staggering.”
“Imagine if we had a plane crashing in the state every month,” Brandes said. “We would do everything we could to stop that. That’s about the amount of people who are dying every month due to opioid addiction.”
So what are we doing about it?


Our top-shelf panel will offer a stimulating, yet unsettling, discussion of this crisis. And, importantly, discover how you are one dental procedure, one accident, one surgery away from opioid addiction.


David Scharf is a thirty year criminal justice veteran and is currently the Executive Director of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Department of Community Programs. Most recently he has focused his attention on the horrific Opioid Epidemic as Chair of the Community’s Emergency Response Team through the United Way’s Commission on Substance Abuse.
For the past ten years, Dr. Katz has served as the Chairman the Department of Emergency Medicine of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. He has been Attending Physician of that department for 13 years.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Jonathon White possesses over 26 years of total law enforcement experience. In his present assignment, ASAC White works in DEA’s Miami Field Division as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge; he focuses much of his efforts on the implementation of DEA’s 360 strategy, which is a holistic 360 degree strategy aimed at stopping the proliferation of diverted opioids and illegal heroin.  . 
Dr. Craig Mallak serves as the Broward County Medical Examiner with the responsibility of providing comprehensive death investigation services in accordance with State laws and Administrative codes along with the meeting the standards of practice for the medical subspecialty. He is also the Director of Trauma Services for the County. Dr. Mallak holds degrees in forensic sciences from Michigan State University and both law and medicine from Creighton University.

Dr. Tucker is an Associate Administrator at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She has devoted her career to chemical dependency programs and Behavioral Health Services, and oversees several operational areas.Most recently, Dr. Tucker oversees the Mothers In Recovery program which assists opiate addicted women to safely detoxify so their infants are born drug free and has also successfully started the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for adults addicted to opiates.

MARCH BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Memorial Healthcare System


AT: Tower Club, 28th Floor, One Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

WHEN: Thursday, 3/1/18; doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; concludes around 9:15 a.m.; free parking until 9:30 a.m. COST: Breakfast and parking included for members of Tower Forum; non-members: $35 (note: no cost for working media); credit card online, or mail check, payable to Tower Forum, P.O. Box #15041, Plantation, FL 33318.

We encourage participants to join Tower Forum. While we invite you to attend 2 breakfasts at $35 each, you must join Tower Forum to attend thereafter. Membership is from date of joining through 9 consecutively scheduled breakfasts.

In order for us to provide sufficient breakfast and seating, RSVP’s and advance payments are required, and are non-refundable. Seating is limited.


RSVP’s received after 5:00 p.m., Friday, 2/23/18

cannot be assured a seat.

Please consider joining the most popular go-to venue in Broward for 9 breakfasts of meaningful, thought-provoking discussion.

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Become an active participant and network with community business leaders, professionals and public officials.  Be informed and stimulated by key players regarding hot, current topics which impact you and the community. Enjoy full buffet breakfasts in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s prestigious Tower Club. Your membership begins on payment and lasts one year from joining. Submit your information with a credit card on our convenient online Membership Application, or print out the form and postal mail it with your check.

Glad to have you join…

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Jean McIntyre
President of Tower Forum 2017-18
Iberia Bank

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Our breakfast location is always downtown at the Tower Club, 28th floor of the Regions Bank Building, (One Financial Plaza) 100 SE Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. Doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; it concludes around 9:15 a.m. Free parking until 9:30 A.M. at the One Financial Plaza garage, by obtaining receptionist’s stamp on ticket when exiting the breakfast.  The dates of the programs are the first Thursday of every month from Oct., 2017 through June, 2018:  10/5/17, 11/2/17, 12/7/17, 1/4/18, 2/1/18, 3/1/18, 4/5/18, 5/3/18, 6/7/18. The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Gerry Angeli (954.981.3333) .




Robert Barron, Jane Carrié, Bianca Moreiras

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell

Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell