There are no indications that the opioid crisis is slowing down with the number of opioid related drug overdoses in Broward County totaling 282 people in the first six months of this year. In 2016, deaths attributed to opioid overdoses total 582, nearly double than from 2014 and up by 260 deaths in 2015.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief will host an Opioid Epidemic Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, August 24th bringing together government leaders, healthcare professionals, substance abuse specialists, law enforcement, fire rescue, educators and other interested parties for an open discussion about the epidemic, how it’s taking the lives of those in Broward County and what solutions are available to reduce the supply, use and number of deaths.
“This epidemic has no boundaries, no age limits, no race or nationality exclusion and no socio-economic status. This crisis is affecting every one of us on a daily basis,” said Mayor Sharief. “By coming together and openly discussing, sharing and learning we can make a difference in our communities. We were successful with the FLAKKA epidemic and I am confident we can be successful again and put an end to this deadly opioid epidemic in Broward County.”
Featured “Keynote Speakers” are:
- Dr. Craig T. Mallak, MD, JD, Chief, Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, Broward County
- Dr. Gary Kunsman, Chief Toxicologist, Broward County
- Jim Hall, Senior Epidemiologist Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities, Nova Southeastern University
- Donald Maines, Substance Research and Program Manager, Broward Sheriff’s Office
- Heather Davidson, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, United Way of Broward County
Dr. Dale Fahie, BARC Medical Director