Task Force Meets in Effort to Curb Opioid Use in Miami-Dade County - NBC 6 South Florida

Task Force Meets in Effort to Curb Opioid Use in Miami-Dade County

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    Miami-Dade Task Force Combats Opioid Epidemic

    Miami-Dade County has set up an Opioid Addiction Task Force to try to put an end to the sweeping epidemic. Jackson Memorial Hospital said doctors treat about 15 overdose patients a day. NBC 6’s Dan Krauth reports.

    (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)

    Monday, members of the Miami-Dade Opioid Addiction task force met in a continuing effort to find a resolution for the growing drug epidemic plaguing the county.

    Inside the county commission chambers, Dr. Handel Tooks from the University of Miami presented his proposal to the task force of a needle exchange pilot program.

    The meeting comes as, just up the road in Palm Beach County, the medical examiner’s office says they thought the opioid crisis was slowing down – But the numbers they’ve reported in the last weeks prove the opposite including ten drug overdose deaths in one day last week.

    Tooks is determined to curb this vicious drug cycle.

    Miami-Dade Task Force Meets on Growing Opioid Issue

    [MI] Miami-Dade Task Force Meets on Growing Opioid Issue

    NBC 6's Melissa Adan has more on what officials are trying to do to stop the growing drug abuse problem in the area.

    (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)

    “There was a time where they were seeing ten overdoes a day in our Jackson emergency room,” Tooks said. “Whatever is on the streets of Miami at this time is extremely strong.”

    The task force, which has met just one before, is made up of county officials, Miami-Dade Police, Jackson Health doctors, and The Homeless Trust among others.

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