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The “super pill” looks just like well-known pain killers except it’s laced with the highly potent opioid fentanyl.  Photo: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Intersection: Opioid Crisis & Law Enforcement

While police officers and sheriff’s deputies add narcan- the overdose reversal drug- to their tool kit, the state of Florida is also stepping up prosecution for dealers. is the combination of better resuscitation tools for first responders and tougher penalties for dealers a good one? Orange and Osceola County Public Defender Robert Wesley joins Intersection with Lt. Dominick Galiano, commander of the Orange County sheriff’s office street drugs unit.
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A Florida bill would allow needle exchange programs to operate across the state.

Intersection: Florida’s Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is now a statewide public health emergency. In Orange County alone, heroin overdose deaths have spiked this year. So what’s driving the opioid epidemic, and with Governor Scott’s emergency declaration, how are health and law enforcement authorities responding? 90.7’s Abe Aboraya joins us along with Carol Burkett from Orange County’s Drug Free office to talk about next steps for combating opioid addiction in Central Florida.
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