Drug Education Consulting provides trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive behavioral health education and coaching. Our specialty is helping parents and guardians solve drug problems. We bring together advocacy and public health experts to help drug users and their families prevent and address problematic drug use (i.e. "addiction" or "drug abuse").
My name is Mikayla, and one of my greatest joys is seeing the excitement on someone's face when they are - perhaps for the first time in their life - having an honest conversation about drugs. I love creating comfortable spaces to do difficult work.
I founded DEC after nearly 10 years of working as a community drug educator and public policy advocate. I collaborate with medical professionals, event organizers, and other educators to prevent addiction and overdose. I partner with hundreds of organizations to pass humane drug laws and work at the local, state, and national levels to educate voters and lawmakers. My ghost-writing appears in newspapers, state legislatures, and Congress.
Is your family dealing with a drug problem? Book a free consult today.
Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Professional Development Certificate - Indiana University School of Public Health
Certified Peer Educator - Students For Sensible Drug Policy
Peer Support Trained - The Zendo Project
Trained Volunteer - DanceSafe
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Working with Mikayla and her collaborators is very simple and transparent. She was able to negotiate our concerns with ease and adapt her work and programming to suit our audience. Mikayla shared ideas with us quickly and professionally, putting together proposals and executing them punctually and as expected in dynamic event circumstances. It's great to work with someone who is knowledgeable and respectful in this uniquely evolving space. We highly recommend her and hope to see her important work and substantial skill set get the platform it deserves. Read moreLia Holland, Portland, OR
The first time I saw Mikayla speak, I was utterly entranced. An hour had passed and I was left wanting more - to absorb all the person-centered and harm reduction based education she had to share. She offered evidence-based and realistic approaches to substance use that range far beyond the "party scene." She graciously tackled topics, that I, as a nurse, have seen other health providers evade simply out of their own lack of education surrounding substance use. Mikayla is honest in her approach and knowledgeable. She is the consummate example of cool and brilliant in her presentation and makes vital information accessible to everyone. I am thrilled to have a resource like Mikayla on my side as a community health practitioner." Read moreRosa Moudine, RN, Washington, DC
Mikayla’s approach to consultation is supportive, inquisitive, and effective. She asks useful questions to fully understand a need or situation before offering suggestions, and she takes the time to consider factors that may have otherwise been missed. Her thoughtfulness also allows her to take action in situations where quick thinking and action are needed. Her knowledge of harm reduction, especially as it applies to nightlife and events is extremely valuable, and since she takes time to really understand the needs of those with whom she works, her delivery methods when educating others are appropriate and effective. Mikayla is also an excellent and dependable mentor, providing quality support and guidance to those in her community. I am grateful to know her. Read moreVilmarie Narloch, PsyD Drug Education Manager, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
"Having attended several harm reduction workshops facilitated by Mikayla, I can say I have benefited immensely. Her workshops de-stigmatize drug users so we feel comfortable asking questions and can make sure our desire to have a good night doesn't turn into our last. I would now consider myself far more knowledgeable about how to keep myself and my friends safer." Read moreA. M., Guest Teacher, Washington, DC
"Mikayla is full of wisdom when it comes to a topic you want to learn more about and full of innovation in ways you may not expect. She makes a point to remain well informed on recent topics and trends both locally and nationwide. She stands out because she is truly kind and compassionate." Read moreS.B., Prosecutor, Maryland