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Palm Beach County Takes Action On Heroin Epidemic | Video

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Palm Beach County commissioners were presented with the facts about the devastation the heroin epidemic has had in Florida. It finally appears that they will be taking action towards addressing the opioid crisis, according to a LIVE Facebook broadcast provided by the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon.

Palm Beach County Faces The Heroin Epidemic

Unanimous approval was given by the Palm Beach County commissioners for a plan of action.

Here is what to expect:

  • Create a senior level position to oversee Palm Beach County’s efforts in the battle against the opioid crisis along with future plans or any new addiction related epidemic trends.
  • Hire two more positions in the Medical Examiner’s Office, an associate medical examiner and a forensic technician.
  • Expenditure of $3 million spread out over two years that would mainly be used to help improve treatment methods. $1 million will be coming directly from Palm Beach County’s reserves to help pay for new staff members.

A Movement For Recovery

For many of us who work in the field of addiction and who participate in the recovery community, these facts presented at the commission meeting were not that shocking, but for those who have never been faced with the devastation of the heroin epidemic, it was a real wake-up call.

One of the many frightening facts that stood out to the panel was the amount of calls to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office that were opioid-related in 2016 – 1,700 to be exact. In addition to that, from 2011-2016, heroin-related arrests have sky rocketed by a shocking 2,803 percent. Many of the heroin related overdose deaths have become a direct result of the mixture of fentanyl, which is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine, and carfentanil, a whopping 10,000 times more potent than morphine. With these kinds of facts it is no wonder our nation and state is suffering.

The good news is that there is hope and recovery outside this deadly disease. Although the disease of addiction is not yet curable, it is treatable and it does not have to be a death sentence. Along with the county’s efforts and those who are helping addicts and alcoholics find recovery, we can make a difference. If you know someone who is struggling to get clean and sober and wants help, contact us now at 1-800-861-1768. Let us do the work for you and get them the help they need and deserve. Addicts can and do recover, but the time to help save a life is now.

Did you watch the video? What are your thoughts and opinions? What suggestions do you have to help combat the heroin epidemic our community and nation is facing? Please comment in the feed below, we want to hear from you!

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