Florida Newspaper Cries Foul Over Handling of Heroin Epidemic

Powerful reporting in today's Palm Beach Post.

In today’s Palm Beach Post, reporters Pat Beall, Lawrence Mower and Christine Stapleton make a number of powerful comparisons about how the matter of rampant heroin addiction is being addressed more seriously elsewhere than it is in their own backyard. Among the article’s targets are Senator Marco Rubio, who missed a related Senate bill vote, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and Florida Governor Rick Scott:

In Massachusetts in 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency after the number of overdose deaths from all narcotics in his state had grown by 15 percent from the year before.

In Florida, deaths from heroin alone grew by 111 percent during the same period; in Palm Beach County, it was 155 percent. But other than hurricanes, Gov. Rick Scott’s most recent state of emergency was to combat Zika, which has killed no one in Florida.

In addition to the special-report lead article, there are items about the sad fate of two half-brothers, a compilation of the life stories of each and every one of the people who died locally in 2015 of heroin-related overdoses, and more. Amanda Michniak, a recovering heroin addict whose sister Josie died from an overdose the day after Christmas last year, tells the paper “the system is broken.”

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Chris Arnade Offers Another Harrowing Look at Heroin Addiction

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