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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez commends Gov. Rick Scott on opioid public health emergency declaration

MIAMI (May 04, 2017)

On Wednesday afternoon, May 3rd, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a statewide public health emergency over the opioid epidemic.

In January of this year, Miami-Dade County hosted its first Opioid Addiction Task Force meeting in order to reduce addiction in the community. The task force, along with Miami-Dade Police Department, has been working tirelessly to keep residents safe and out of this harmful drug’s destructive path.

“Miami-Dade County has been working for months now to combat the growing opioid epidemic,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We are doing this by engaging the community, identifying best practices in deterring new users, and addressing holistic and comprehensive care to those struggling with opioid abuse.

“I commend Governor Scott and look forward to working side by side to overcome the opioid epidemic,” added Mayor Gimenez. “I feel confident that together, with the support of both local and state government, we can defeat this.”

The Opioid Task Force was charged with developing an effective action plan and best practices that address the reduction of opioid and heroin addiction and prevent overdose deaths. The unit is studying healthcare solutions, the role of the justice system in opioid prevention, and will raise awareness.

Members of this task force include both public and private sector workers, ranging from County Commissioners to administrators at local universities and colleges.

For more on the Opioid Addiction Task Force, visit the website.