Drowning in Addiction

Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention

February 22, 2019
6:30 p.m.


This event will combine community leadership development with substance abuse prevention strategies to help reduce the impact of substance abuse in our communities. The evening will include keynote presentations and a panel of community experts sharing about local action on the topic.

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Winograd, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Rachel Winograd, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) – University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). Her clinical, research, and program development interests have revolved around alcohol and drug use, consequences, and treatment.
Dr. Winograd is the Project Director of Missouri’s State Targeted Response and State Opioid Response grants, as well as the Missouri Heroin-Opioid Prevention and Education (MO-HOPE) Project. Her primary focus is on expanding access to medical treatment and harm reduction strategies for those most in need of evidence-based care for opioid use disorders in Missouri.

Keynote Speaker

Tony Hoffman

Founder and Director
Freewheel Project

After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his lineup. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows.
Tony is the Founder and Director of the Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids leadership skills, and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention, each year. In 2016 he also began writing his first book, titled, “Coming Clean.”