Our Vision

Hanley Foundation is committed to stopping addiction before it starts.

When we began this work in 1998, our vision was to raise the age of first substance use for children. By providing evidence-based prevention programming, we’ve lifted the age of first use within Palm Beach County from age 10 in the year 2000 to age 13 in 2015. Going forward, we know we can do better.

  • Last year, we provided nearly $1,000,000 in prevention and education services in Florida, impacting the lives of nearly 30,000 students, parents, and caregivers.
  • We are teaming up with medical and other professionals on the front lines of this epidemic, to spot the signs of substance abuse and save lives.
  • We assist people financially so that they can access the quality treatment they might otherwise be unable to afford.
  • We are working with leaders to shatter the stigma of addiction on the local, state, and national level.

Prevention programming and access to treatment are more critical than ever.

Palm Beach County alone had over 600 opioid deaths last year. Governor Rick Scott to declared a public health emergency in the wake of an estimated 4000 deaths in Florida last year due to heroin and opioid overdoses. Heroin use more than doubled nationally among young adults aged 18-25 in the past decade.

Hanley Foundation is a recognized thought leader in this evolving dialogue on both the local and the national level. Our vision to provide increased educational opportunities to professionals and paraprofessionals, who are on the front lines of this crisis in our local communities, is a model for outreach programs countrywide.

Facts and Statistics 

  • Drug overdoses kill more Americans annually than traffic accidents (Office of National Drug Control Policy).
  • Heroin-involved deaths are on the rise. (Centers for Disease Control and Addiction).
  • One in four Americans will have an alcohol or drug problem at some point in their lives.
  • Nearly 23 percent of full-time college students meet the medical criteria for substance use disorders and addiction.
  • Children and teens who drink before age 15 are SIX times more likely to become addicted to alcohol than those who do not drink before age 21.
  • Women become addicted to alcohol, nicotine, illegal and prescription drugs, at lower levels and in shorter time periods than men.
  • High school girls drink, smoke, and use illegal drugs as much as their male classmates.
  • Prescription drug abuse is the most rapidly increasing drug abuse among teens.
  • Nationwide, 21.6 million people age 12 or older needed treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, yet only 2.3 million received services.

This summer, we moved our headquarters to the Center for Philanthropy, in downtown West Palm Beach, allowing us to work closer with local and state officials on solutions to the national opioid epidemic. As part of our vision for expanded education and advocacy services, we plan to hire seven new Prevention Specialists, bringing our total number of educators working throughout the state to 25.

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Additional questions? For more information about Hanley Foundation, email info@hanleyfoundation.org or call: 561-268-2355.