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The Drug Free America Foundation or DIAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that describes itself as "committed to developing, promoting and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug-related injury and death."[1]

History and Origins

DFAF was founded by Betty Sembler, wife of shopping center developer and Ambassador Mel Sembler. In 1976, Betty and Mel Sembler founded Straight, Incorporated, a "coercive rehabilitation" program in the United States that produced hundreds of reports of abuse of adolescents and their families during its 15 years of existence.[2][3] Straight was adapted from the controversial therapeutic community programs Synanon and The Seed.

Notable Activism

The DFAF, through its legislative lobby, Save Our Society, opposes ballot initiatives that would reduce criminal penalties on illegal possession of drugs (either possession of a Schedule I substance or unauthorized possession of a Schedule II, III, IV, or V substance).

Other divisions of DFAF, as listed on the DFAF website: The Institute on Global Drug Policy, The International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy, The Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (DPNA), Students Taking Action Not Drugs (STAND), National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDWA).[4] All of these divisions of DFAF are listed as signatories on a DFAF sponsored statement against the Vienna Declaration, a 2010 drug reform petition published in the The Lancet.[5]


  1. "About Us." Drug Free America Foundation.
  2. Surviving Straight Inc
  3. Straight, Inc Rick A. Ross Institute
  4. DFAF, About (Accessed 23 July 2010)
  5. Organizations who Endorse the Opposition to the Vienna Declaration (Accessed 23 July 2010)

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