Republican Club

The Sun Lakes Republican Club will feature a presentation entitled “The Abuse of Marijuana, Opioids, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin and Fentanyl in Arizona: What is our Arizona Solution?” with special guest speakers Dr. Ed Gogek and Andrea Kadar at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Do you know someone who has been affected by drug overdose, death, or injury? Why is this topic so essential for us to continue to discuss? The current status of opioids, coke, meth, heroin, and fentanyl in Arizona will be explained, along with the effects on our children and society. Here are just some of the questions that will be answered by our guest speakers:

Who are the Arizona medical marijuana patients as of 2019? What do marijuana proponents say about teenage use? What do they say about using “pot” to cure the opioid crisis? What are the scientifically-proven effects of marijuana use on the brain and intelligence? What are the latest statistics on Colorado’s marijuana experiment? What unintended consequences occurred? What do American voters think about “pot” legalization? What ballot initiative may be coming in 2020?

Dr. Ed Gogek has been an addiction psychiatrist for 30 years and has treated more than 10,000 addicts and alcoholics in jails, prisons, homeless clinics, mental health centers, and substance abuse treatment programs. Dr. Robert Du Pont, the first director of The National Institute of Drug Abuse and the second White House Drug Chief, said of Dr. Gogek that, “He has a unique ability to master complex and hotly-contested material to make it understandable. His book, Marijuana Debunked, has a strong message that our nation, including both the left and the right, needs today when most discussions of drug policy are filled with dangerous misinformation.” Dr. Gogek’s articles on addiction and mental health have appeared in The New York Times and more than a dozen major U.S. newspapers.

After moving from Texas to Arizona in 2011, Andrea Kadar was a co-founder of Citizens for America (C4A) in Verde Valley. C4A’s mission is to educate voters in northern Arizona to help create an informed electorate. She is a former board member and awareness committee member of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Northern AZ, a team seeking to end the scourge of human sex and labor trafficking in northern Arizona. She currently speaks and volunteers statewide as an ambassador of hope for Shared Hope International, an international anti-trafficking advocacy group. Kadar is a trained presenter and supports Arizonans For Responsible Drug Policy and MATFORCE. Americans for Prosperity awarded Andrea and her husband, Dwight Kadar, as their “2015 Arizona’s Activists of the Year.” Andrea serves on the 2019 steering committee of “Heart to Heart,” whose mission is connecting women to the heart of God through prayer, study, fellowship, and love.

For more information, contact Chairman Mike Tennant at 480-802-0178.