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Community leaders searching for solution to opioid crisis

Posted at 8:37 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 20:37:47-04

Local law enforcement and medical professionals welcomed President Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency.

"This is unprecedented that we've taken public health issue, and said that it's a national emergency", said Brenda Iliff, Director of the Hazelden Treatment Center in Naples.

 

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation hosted a roundtable Thursday with medical professionals and law enforcement to discuss solutions to the issue.

 

One idea is to treat addicts who are in jail before they are released.

 

"They can get injections of subaxone, or even just pills that will help prevent the cravings that will return," said State Attorney and former State Senator Dan Aronberg.

 

Educating first responders on how to deal with opioid cases was also a topic of conversation at the event.

 

 

"If we touch some of this fetanyl and carfentanyl that's out there, that they're cutting the heroin with, that could transdermally go through your skin," said Miami-Dade Firefighter Jason Blasi.

 

Governor Scott is expected to propose a bill requiring doctors to only prescribe three days worth of medication for certain drugs.  Most people who get hooked on opiates usually start after being addicted to pain killers.