|Current Heroin/Opioid Situation in Marion County
Marion County, Florida has experienced a dramatic increase in deaths caused by opioids. There were 17 deaths in 2015, 98 deaths in 2016, and an estimated 160 in 2017 (Fifth Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office). May 2017 the Marion County Heroin/Opioid Task Force was created to reduce the number of overdose deaths with the assistance of the following four subcommittees:
Education/Prevention to bring community awareness to the signs and symptoms of opioid use, opioid overdose signs and symptoms, current data on overdose deaths, prevention resources and treatment options.
Healthcare to work with local hospitals and medical society on opioid prescribing protocol, best practices and linking to community resources.
Law Enforcement to consider alternatives to arrest with the Amnesty Program. How the Overdose Response Team responds to those who have suffered an overdose.
Treatment to increase availability of medication-assisted treatments and detox beds.
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