Heroin Epidemic

Heroin Epidemic

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.

Heroin Epidemic

Feds launch new attack on heroin crisis in Manatee

Seven suspected heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil dealers — Rakim “Montana” Waters, Jerrell Lamont Jackson, Manvel L. “Hawaii” Canady, Jonathan “Fat” Solomon, Sergio Viera, Gavino “G” Corona and David Earl Johnson — are now facing federal charges thanks to a joint investigation led by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in Operation Hot Batch.

Heroin Epidemic

Opioid epidemic in Manatee picks up steam

While legislators and local groups try to figure out a way to stave off the opioid epidemic that has hit the county, initial data show that the crisis isn’t slowing down. The amount of Narcan doses administered in the first quarter of 2017 is greater than in previous years.

Heroin Epidemic

Mother fights for changes after death of son to opioids

Cindy Dodds 24-year-old son, Kyle, was found dead of a lethal drug overdose on the streets of Overtown in Sept. 2016. Kyle had a mix of fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine and heroin in his system. Cindy is hoping to raise awareness about opioid abuse, and that lawmakers strengthen the Florida law punishing dealers who give out fatal doses of the drugs.

Heroin Epidemic

Rubio helps introduce legislation to stop import of fentanyl, carfentanil via the mail

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla.. and other lawmakers introduced the newest version of the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention, or STOP, Act on Tuesday as part of effort to impose strict regulations on international packages entering the country through the U.S. Postal Service. Officials believe the mail is how large amounts of fentanyl and carfentanil being trafficked, fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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Mother fights for changes after death of son to opioids

Cindy Dodds 24-year-old son, Kyle, was found dead of a lethal drug overdose on the streets of Overtown in Sept. 2016. Kyle had a mix of fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine and heroin in his system. Cindy is hoping to raise awareness about opioid abuse, and that lawmakers strengthen the Florida law punishing dealers who give out fatal doses of the drugs.
Emily Michot Miami Herald
Mother fights for changes after death of son to opioids 2:15

Mother fights for changes after death of son to opioids

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The truth about prescription opioids and addiction

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Firefighters respond to drug overdose

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Former heroin addict talks about low point, rehab