In a conversation with members of the community and No Longer Silent, the sheriff discussed the status of his office’s battle with the opioid epidemic; but the conversation morphed into how important treatment is.
Centerstone of Florida CEO Melissa Larkin-Skinner was part of a panel Thursday that addressed the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss funding issues for the fight against opioid addiction.
On Sept. 7, Wagner Realty hosts the 2017 Golf Classic at the Bradenton Country Club. The Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The funds will go toward equipping Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies with Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses.
After a person struggling with addiction is revived by Narcan, sending them from the emergency room and back onto the streets often results in a continuation of the pattern that led them to the Narcan episode in the first place.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is the first in Florida to use the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) as a way to track overdoses, but local officials have been mapping them on their own for some time.
States are enacting strict limits on the number of powerful prescription painkillers doctors can prescribe, a move that many believe will help fight the opioid crisis but has raised alarms among some physicians.