“Today I feel relief — relief that the voices of so many were finally heard, for the pain of loss so many families have faced and to those struggling to overcome addition.”

Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay

heroin epidemic declared a public health emergency

Scott’s [opioid public health emergency] order came hours after the last of four stops on a state “listening tour” in Florida’s hardest-hit regions. …

The order allows the state “to immediately draw” from a two-year $54 million federal grant awarded to Florida on April 21 to provide prevention, treatment and recovery-support services. “Without the order, it would have taken months for the state to distribute the money to local communities”, Scott said.

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: palmbeachpost.com, May 3, 2017, By Joe Capozzi, Christine Stapleton and Pat Beal, http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local-govt–politics/finally-scott-declares-opioid-epidemic-public-health-emergency/bPXQTrCySO3Ga8JbHzTPgJ/