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Date: May 11, 2017                                                                                  PIO Number: 17-5-16

12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017
E. Pat Larkins Community Center
520 N.W. 3rd Street
Pompano Beach

A historic opioid epidemic is ravaging the nation—infecting our neighborhoods, poisoning our children and filling our morgues. Sadly, Broward is not immune from this devastating crisis. The numbers are alarming. According to Broward’s Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, opioids claimed 582 lives in Broward in 2016—nearly two each day. And the death toll from this deadly menace is rising each year.

To better educate the community about the dangers of opioids and work to find solutions to this threat as a community, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, City of Pompano Beach and Broward County Public Schools are hosting the Ending the Opioid Epidemic Town Hall Meeting. The event, the first of many to be held in the coming months, will feature a presentation and panel discussion led by Broward County’s Community Action Team, a group comprised of law enforcement, treatment providers, epidemiologists, first responders, physicians, Broward Medical Association, Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, United Way and many others.

“The opioid crisis is very real and very deadly,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “Together, BSO and our community partners are committed to ending this alarming epidemic and saving lives.”

Posted At: 05/11/2017 02:56 PM


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