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‘Operation Kandy Krush’ finds illegal hemp products aimed at kids 07/26/2023

Ellen Snelling speaks up for our families and children!

Article, Delta-8, HCADA Interview, Front Page Slideshow
Webinar: What Can Localities Do About Alcohol Products That Are Attractive and Dangerous to Youth? 12/12/2022 Alcohol, Article, teens, Video, Video, Webinar, Tampa Alcohol Coalition
More Articles on Delta-8 07/11/2022


Article, Delta-8
Delta-8 Educational Handout 07/11/2022

Great information!   Delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use. They may be marketed in ways that put the public health at risk and should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

Article, Delta-8
2022 Delta-8 Legal High- POWERPOINT 07/11/2022

Excellent powerpoint.

  • Surge of delta-8 products started because of an oversupply of CBD in the US
  • Delta-8-THC is popping up in gas stations, convenience stores, tobacco shops, CBD shops throughout the US
  • Delta-8-THC produces euphoric effects that are similar to delta-9-THC 
  • No regulatory oversight
  • Most products sold as delta-8-THC are not pure and contain many other compounds
Article, Delta-8, Snelling
2022 June Quarterly Newsletter 06/21/2022 Article, Newsletter
Hillsborough commissioners to discuss regulating sale of Delta 8 products 06/13/2022

Delta 8 is said to be about two-thirds as potent as cannabis, and it's often sold in gas stations and smoke shops. It's legal thanks to a loophole created in the 2018 Federal Farm Bill.

The Hillsborough report found half of the edibles, including Delta 8 cereals, used cartoon characters and animals that might be appealing to minors.

Ellen Snelling, a board member of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, has been wanting commissioners to act.

"It’s completely unregulated, fruit flavors, gummy bears. Bright colors attracted to children all allowed in the state of Florida. If this was laying on your dining room table a child would eat the entire package," she told commissioners at a previous meeting.  


Article, Delta-8, HCADA Interview, Snelling
Potent drugs packaged like candy, legally sold in Florida sparks calls for stricter rules 03/31/2022

TAMPA, Fla.  — Products from cake pops to candy containing a chemical compound called Delta 8 are being sold legally in Florida without a prescription and with the goal of getting people high.

The I-Team has uncovered these products have caused hospitalizations and at least one death, sparking calls in Hillsborough County for better regulation of these products.

“It’s candy with drugs in it sold in your convenience store,” said Ellen Snelling, who chairs the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance.

She recently took packages of candy that looked like popular brands, including Skittles, Nerds and gummy bears.

Article, Delta-8, Snelling
Opioid deaths skyrocket across US; Tampa Bay one of worst in nation for overdoses 02/07/2022

In the Tampa Bay area, the overdose rate is 23 out of every 100,000 people. That rate is 9 percent higher than the rest of Florida and 50 percent higher than the national average. Florida ranks second only to California in the number of overdose deaths. But the fight against opioids continues.

Article, Rx Drug, Prescription Drug

In the short term, alcohol consumption changes due to COVID-19 are expected to cause 100 additional deaths and 2,800 additional cases of liver failure by 2023.

The new research, published in Hepatology, was led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Alcohol, Article, TAC
Devastated by drug overdoses, Tampa advocate prays deadly spike will end in 2022 12/09/2021

TAMPA, Fla. — For Ellen Snelling, it’s still so surreal. In 2016, she got the unexpected phone call no one ever wants. Her brother died of a drug overdose in Miami.

“I was actually at Universal Studios. It was right before Christmas,” she remembered. “And got a phone call that he had overdosed and died — I just — I can’t describe how — it was just horrible.”

And then, in the summer of 2021, history nearly repeated itself when someone in her immediate family had a similar scare, and according to Snelling, “came very close to death” but miraculously survived.

“It’s almost like you can’t comprehend it,” said Snelling.

Article, HCADA, HCADA Interview, Snelling
Vaping- Parent Training 11/04/2021

Questions that will be answered...

What is Vaping?
What’s it look like?
What are they vaping?
How can I talk to my teen about vaping?
Is it that big of a deal?
Isn’t it safer than cigarettes?

Article, parents, vaping
2021 Sept Tampa Alcohol Coalition Meeting 09/21/2021 Alcohol, TAC
Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance joins partner agency ACTS 07/16/2021

TAMPA, Fla. (June 30, 2021) – Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA), a community-based nonprofit offering alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse education and prevention activities since 2003, is excited to announce its relocation, effective July 1, 2021.

HCADA will be moving from its current location at 2815 E. Henry Avenue, Suite B-1 in Tampa to new office space on the campus of their longtime partner organization, Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS), at 4612 North 56th Street.

“We’re excited about the move,” said Executive Director Cindy Grant, “and very grateful to ACTS not only for the space but also for our many years of partnership in substance abuse education and prevention.”

Article, HCADA Interview
Mother loses son to drugs, pursues passion to help others 12/17/2020

TAMPA, Fla. - Cindy Grant grew up among a large family of lobster fishermen, but after moving to Tampa she suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Now she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome substance abuse.



Article, HCADA Interview


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