90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV are Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming and Classical Music. Part of the community since 1965, providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Opioid Bill Passes in the Senate, but Local Experts Forsee Funding Problems

Play Audio

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

A bill aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic passed in the Senate this week after a similar bill passed in the House back in June. Jeff Hayward is an addiction expert with the Heart of Florida United Way. He applauds the Opioid Crisis Response Act’s efforts focusing on addiction prevention and treatment efforts, but it needs to do more when it comes to changing the stigma around the disease.

“These are folks that many of them for good reason were taking these medications. They were doctor-proscribed and were not monitored or assisted or given the proper information and they became addicted. And we shouldn’t blame them for that but stigmatizing them is not the way to go. We need to address this as a public health epidemic.”

The bill will decrease the number of deadly synthetic opioids that enter the country, while limiting prescriptions for over-the-counter painkillers.

Experts warn the bill doesn’t provide additional funding for access to treatment for some patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 66 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2016 were caused by a prescription or illegal opioid.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »