Governor Rick Scott argued that the state of Florida would do everything it could in order to curb the opioid crisis, and now the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is highlighting newly released local statistics to show that the effort to counter the crisis is on the right path.
The epicenter of the Palm Beach county’s epidemic is Delray Beach, but the whole month of June went without a single recorded death with relation to opioids. This is the first time that’s happened since July 2015.
Countywide, the number of opioid-related deaths has gone down dramatically. Only 88 deaths have occurred in the first four months of 2018 compared to the 233 that occurred in the same span in 2017.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg commented that “These are statistics we can be proud of.”
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He added that “This has been an all-hands-on-deck approach to the epidemic. We are doing this without help from the federal government, which has largely ignored this problem and left the response to local and state governments. We have been fighting this fight sometimes with one hand tied behind our backs.”
Aronberg also noted that the Delray Beach Police Department has hired Ariana Ciancio, a master certified addiction professional and a licensed mental health counselor. Aronberg explains this has helped greatly becayse “Instead of just letting a person be released from a hospital after an overdose, now Ariana follows up with that person and we get that person services.”