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Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Drugs: Costs and Consequences

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

On February 21, 2020, the exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences, in partnership with the DEA and DEA Educational Foundation, the Cuyahoga County Public Library held an opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at their Parma-Snow Branch located at 2121 Snow Road in Parma, Ohio.

Tracy Strobel, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library opened the

ceremony and introduced the below speakers:

  • U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez

  • Josh Prest, District Director for Senator Rob Portman

  • Justin Herdman, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio

  • Mayor Tim DeGeeter, City of Parma, Ohio

  • Judge David Matia, Cuyahoga County Drug Court

  • Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, DEA Detroit Field Division

The opening ceremony was also attended by honor students from the John F. Kennedy High School. After a tour of the exhibit, a Counselor from JKF High School remarked: “this exhibit far exceeded my expectations today.”

“We are excited to bring this informative exhibit to the greater-Cleveland area,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, Detroit Field Division. “I’m particularly proud of the Our Local Story exhibit, which does a great job of highlighting the tremendous work DEA agents do right here in our own community.”

The Detroit Field Division headed by SAC Keith Martin, along with PIO Brian McNeal, Cleveland Resident Office RAC James Goodwin and Community Outreach Coordinator Lorna Mclain represented DEA, and put together an outstanding Local Story for the exhibit. The local story highlighted DEA’s law enforcement efforts throughout the state of Ohio and the profound opioid and fentanyl crisis and overdoses in Ohio.

“This exhibit far exceeded my expectations today.”

Bill Alden, Chairman and CEO of the DEA Educational Foundation said “I believe the Ohio exhibit will be a tremendous success, the Cuyahoga County Public Library is ranked ‘first’ in the nation for public libraries and access to the exhibit is free and open to the public.”

Exhibit Educator, Ashley Gristwood has scheduled several drug education seminars to include best selling author David Sheff, on his work with addiction and treatment and has several volunteers to mentor, counsel and meet with youth at the library.

Please visit to make your reservations for various seminars throughout the exhibition’s display.

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