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‘United States Of Opioids’ Author On Central Florida’s Fight Against Opioid Addiction


A new report commissioned by Project Opioid looked at people affected by the opioid crisis in Central Florida, finding an increase in the number of non- fatal overdoses coming into emergency rooms. Still, healthcare attorney Harry Nelson who is the author of the book United States of Opioids, says this community is doing some things right in confronting the problem.
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Orlando Mayoral Candidate Aretha Simons


Aretha Simons says the city of Orlando needs new leadership. Simons is a businesswoman challenging incumbent Buddy Dyer in the mayoral election. Simons joins Intersection to talk about her priorities for Orlando, including improving the supply of affordable housing and better mass transit.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando Mayoral Election


It would be easy to ignore next Tuesday’s municipal election, and just focus on the already heating up 2020 presidential election. But it would be shortsighted. Mayor Buddy Dyer, who’s been the head honcho at City Hall since 2003, is running for his fifth term in office. Having a familiar face as Orlando mayor is nothing new; the last time the city had a one-term boss was in the ’50s. But this time around, Dyer faces a pair of very motivated challengers. Aretha Simons, a nonprofit consultant and former Navy specialist, has not held elected office before but has a fascinating platform, including reparations for local African-American descendants of slaves. Commissioner Sam Ings, who is vacating his District 6 seat …
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Buddy Dyer talks future plans for Orlando if re-elected as mayor


Affordable housing, transportation and making Orlando a future-ready city are all areas Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer says he still wants to improve on if he is re-elected for a fifth term. Elections for the next mayor of Orlando will be held on Nov. 5 and Dyer is running  against Orlando Commissioner Sam Ings and Navy veteran Aretha Simons. Dyer says he’s more energized about running for election now than when he first ran in 2003. So what is his vision for a “future ready” Orlando and how does he plan to get there?
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