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91. Addressing Our Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

October 17, 2023
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In this episode, FSA addresses the issue of our nation’s opioid epidemic. The number of drug overdose deaths increased more than 16% from 2020 to 2021, and last year over 75% of the nearly 107,000 drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. To help solve this problem, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma has established a holistic approach, and he and his team shared their insights during a panel discussion during the Major County Sheriffs of America’s Fall Conference. After the panel discussion, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Rodger Handberg, and Captain Sammy Gibson of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office discussed the steps they are taking to prevent and reduce the number of opioid deaths in central Florida.