Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Why the United States Government should share in the liability for the damages caused to former Straight clients

by Wes Fager

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Anonymous said...

Hi Wes,

I was at Straight Inc. in Springfield, VA in 1984 ( appropriate year eh? ) and want to thank you for your tireless efforts and websites regarding this insidious evil in our own country. Drug abuse and addiction is bad, but when the treatment is so so so much worse than the actual problem it intends to cure, then something is rotten in Denmark. I had horrific abuses of all kinds the short time I was at Straight. I thank God it WAS a short stay, but the effects from it have turned out for me to be lasting my lifetime. I trudge on in this life of mine hoping and praying that Justice will be served eventually and the connection will be made in the general public's eyes regarding these misguided, anti-freedom loving and truly dangerous people. Thanks again for all you do and if there is ANYTHING I can do to help PLEASE let me know. I will email you this same message and include my email address.

Anonymous said...

Betty Sembler

Betty Sembler has dedicated more than three decades to fighting the war on drugs, starting in 1976 when she and her husband Melvin Sembler became founding members of Straight, Inc., a nonprofit drug treatment program that has since helped 12,000 young people across the country. She also has helped shape national anti-drug policies through her work starting in the mid-80s with the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America and as a member of the Governor's Drug Policy Task Force in Florida. Betty Sembler also has served on the board for DARE Florida, a national organization that provides anti-drug education to elementary and middle school students. She also is vice chairwoman of DARE International and has campaigned against liberal drug policies around the world while traveling with her husband, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Australia and is currently the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Italy. She is founder and president of Save Our Society from Drugs, and she co-founded the Drug Free America Foundation Inc. Betty Sembler also serves on the boards of the Florida Holocaust Museum, Florida Governor's Mansion Foundation, the Florida House in Washington, D.C., and the University of Florida Brain Addiction Research Advisory Council. In March 2008, the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum Foundation presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her lifelong commitment to fighting drug addiction. Her efforts also have been recognized by The Houston Drug Free Business Initiative and the Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council, which named her a "Woman of Distinction" in 2000.