Welcome to the TheStutmanGroup.com
I am a former Special Agent of 25 years with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration. My last six years with the DEA I headed the New York Office, DEA's largest. In all of my experience I have learned three absolute facts, which many Americans fail to understand. First, law enforcement will never make drugs completely unavailable in the U. S. Second, most adults know almost nothing about the world of kids and drugs (how many of us know what Special K and Roofies are?). And third, drugs are devastating our communities, homes and workplaces, and we fail to deal with this in a way that will make any substantial change.
On the horror of 9/11/01, over 3000 people died due to terrorist attacks and we have elaborate and hopeful plans of preventing such an attack again. Yet almost 2000 Americans die every month because of the effects of illicit drug use, and most families have no plan in place as to how to deal with the problem. Instead, they use "Not My Kid" as a defense. Most school systems are doing less then they were in 1985 because they will tell you they don't have the time or money to deal with this "parenting" problem.
Most businesses, while they think they are dealing with the problem of "substance abuse in the workplace," spend money on programs that rarely make a difference (pre-employment testing), and leave themselves wide open to major suits due to the use of alcohol at company functions, entertaining clients, etc., without doing even the simplest things to protect their assets.
When I meet with parent groups, workplace related groups or schoolchildren, I try to present in a practical, no-nonsense manner, the issues they each face; as well as, share thoughts on how to cope and potentially resolve this devastating and debilitating problem in the U. S. Please explore further and see the programs we offer, in addition to what other folks like you have said about our approach.
About Robert Stutman
Taking to the front lines of the drug wars, Mr. Stutman made a 25-year career as one of America's highest profile drug busters. A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent so visible, the Columbian Cartel had at one time targeted him for assassination.
Bob became a street agent with DEA in 1965. In 1970, at age 27, he became the youngest supervisor (GS-14) in the history of the agency. In 1971, he formed the International Training Division where he remained in charge until 1976 when he became Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs. In 1979, at age 36, Bob was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division (again, the youngest in DEA history). In 1985, Bob was given the responsibility of Special Agent in charge of the New York Field Division (the largest division) where he remained until his retirement in 1990.
Credited with bringing "crack" to national attention, Mr. Stutman was responsible for changing the policy of the federal government regarding this drug. As a result, William F. Buckley attributed him with "single-handedly changing the policy of the United States DEA."
Considered to be one of the nation's top experts on drugs, Mr. Stutman received numerous awards and honors for his work throughout the United States and from the governments of many other countries.
In 1990, Mr. Stutman established The Stutman Group, a Management Consulting firm that designs and implements comprehensive and practical substance abuse prevention programs for communities, corporations, and school systems across the nation.
In addition to leading The Stutman Group, Mr. Stutman is the former Special Consultant on Substance Abuse for the CBS News division, including the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes. In addition he has appeared frequently on Nightline, the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, 48 Hours, Firing Line, Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Phil Donahue Show, Face the Nation and Oprah. He was recently featured in the PBS Frontline documentary entitled Drug Wars and the VH 1 special entitled The Drug Years. His best-selling autobiography, Dead on Delivery was published by Warner Books and was made into a television movie entitled Mob Justice. Mr. Stutman’s extensive speaking tours have brought him before hundreds of audiences in over 70 countries.
About Judge Jodi
Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski thought she had seen it all, witnessing first-hand the devastating effects surrounding interpersonal violence, substance abuse and addiction within our families, our children and our communities. That is until 2008, when her life was forever changed.
In 2008, Judge Jodi, then a zealous Metro Detroit felony prosecutor with a perfect trial record consisting of mostly violent crimes, sat by the hospital bedside of an 18 month old boy who lay dying in a Detroit hospital. A possible murder case to be tried, he was the victim of overdose after consuming his mother’s opioid medications. For 8 months, she sat by his side when no one else could or would.
It was then that she knew – with certainty - something more had to be done. Drug abuse is killing our most innocent.
After being appointed to her judicial seat by the Governor of the State of Michigan, Judge Jodi became a pioneer in her state, initiating an early response to synthetic drugs and the opioid epidemic, orchestrating town hall forums and seminars in schools and private institutions, and reaching out to judges, correction officers and medical professionals. To further her efforts on prevention, Judge Jodi co-founded the Regional Anti-Drug Education and Outreach, which has received numerous accolades.
Along with her community advocacy, Judge Jodi operates highly successful sobriety, drug and domestic violence courts and founded one of the first veteran’s treatment court in the State of Michigan, extending this education and advocacy to this new class of individuals - our heroes, the men and women returning from military service. Judge Jodi has their six.
For over 25 years, Judge Jodi has been on the front lines of mid-America working with our families, our children, and our veterans on issues surrounding interpersonal violence, substance abuse and addiction. Whether working as a child protection worker, a prosecutor of high profile violent crimes or using the power of her judicial seat to guide individuals into recovery, Judge Jodi continues to be in the forefront of our daily lives striving to make a difference.
Her presentations represent the premier research and real life stories from the front lines of today’s families and professional systems to educate and provide tools for families, schools, coalitions and professionals to arm themselves against the greatest health issues facing our country today.
Judge Jodi earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in children with behavioral disorders, studied in her graduate program in human development and completed her juris doctorate in 2003. Judge Jodi is a frequent guest on Fox 2 News, “Let it Rip,” numerous local and regional radio shows, and a presenter before hundreds of audiences of varying demographics. As quoted by Bob Stutman, “Jodi is the first person I’ve met who has the intimate knowledge of premier research, the practical hands-on experience and the deep seated passion for the issue of substance abuse in America”.