Boca House for Men reports that U.S. Attorney for the South Florida District, Wilfredo Ferrer, recently called a meeting at Lynn University with police, first responders, federal agents, medical personnel, and South Florida residents. The purpose of the meeting was to address the increasing heroin and opioid abuse issues in the state. The mother of yet another young man who died from drug abuse shared her heartbreaking story with the crowd, explaining how this could happen to any family. Ferrer made it clear that it is time to create a proactive response to the growing issue, stating, “this drug epidemic in South Florida is the most urgent public health challenge”
Other speakers at the meeting included Delray Beach Police Chief, Boca Raton Police Chief, and those who specialize in investigating drug related deaths. The officials answered questions and pointed out that people are finding inexpensive, newly synthesized ways to use drugs, which are killing homeless junkies and young educated people alike. Also included were shocking reports on heroin statistics: nearly 580 people try heroin for the first time on any given day. Overdose rates are rising, as well as people nearly overdosing by ingesting large amounts of narcotics.
Boca House says that South Florida has been experiencing a destructive wave of drug abuse, with 1,400 residents dying of drug overdose in 2015 alone. Heroin is not the only culprit – it is also Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Fentanyl, all prescription painkillers.
South Florida officials and drug rehabilitation centers agree that collaboration is necessary to construct a plan to fight the drug epidemic more successfully. In the meantime, police officers have been carrying Naloxone each shift. Naloxone acts as an emergency remedy to counteract a heroin or opioid overdose.
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