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In May Gov. Rick Scott declared that Florida is experiencing an opioid epidemic and cited a public health emergency in part because of a steep rise in overdose deaths. including Appalachia and New England, overdose deaths from prescription painkillers, heroin and similar drugs are common occurrences in some communities.
have not seen the large increases in fentanyl overdoses and heroin overdoses like a lot of other places, especially our neighbors down south, said ACFR Jeff Taylor. fairly lucky that we haven seen that yet. But we typically run two to three years behind the folks down there. It doesn necessarily mean we are going to have that issue, but we use those indicators. of the Gainesville Alachua County Drug Task Force that includes members from the Sheriff Office and various police departments also say the area does not seem to be having the influx of opioids and associated drugs.
Sheriff Sadie Darnell said the few overdose deaths from heroin, fentanyl and associated drugs is given the county youthful population.
Like others, Darnell isn sure why Alachua County has lucked out.
have been incredibly fortunate here, Darnell said. don know why. differ from aspirin and similar over the counter drugs in the way they curb pain. Opioids block pain receptors in the brain while aspirin acts on inflammation and nerves at the source of the pain.
Florida can share some blame for the explosion of, use of, and addiction to, narcotic painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
For years, the state was notorious for mills clinics at which people could easily get large volumes of narcotics without having to show much proof of need. The state also did not have a system for tracking how many times a person went to a clinic for pills.
Many out of state residents came to Florida to get drugs and then returned to their home states to use and sell them. Florida, drawing complaints from other states, cracked down on the clinics in 2010 by prohibiting doctors from filling prescriptions at their offices and by tracking purchases by individuals.
As addicts encounter more difficulty in getting prescription pills they may turn to heroin, which in many areas is cheaper and more available. With the increased addiction has come increased overdoses.
Also on the rise is the illicit use of fentanyl, which is said to be 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, and its even more powerful analog, carfentanil the use of which is typically limited to veterinary applications.
Buying the drugs on the street is especially dangerous because buyers can be assured of exactly what they are getting. The drugs may be all mixed together for instance heroin may also have fentanyl. Fentanyl is now being sometimes mixed with cocaine.
A dramatic spike in opioid overdoses began last year, yet the latest data of overdoses for each county is from 2015, so experts said the data is not a true reflection of the rise.
Alachua County had five deaths from fentanyl, three from heroin, three from hydrocodone and eight from oxycodone.
Marion County, meanwhile, had one overdose death from fentanyl, six from heroin, three from hydrocodone and six from oxycodone.
The data is compiled on UF Health Florida Drug Related Outcomes Surveillance and Tracking System, or FROST. Bruce Goldberger director of UF Health Forensic Medicine and UF Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine said the next round of data should reflect a rise in opioid overdose deaths in many counties.
But not in Alachua.
had a few fentanyl or fentanyl analog deaths but the problem is not at the same degree of seriousness as some of our neighboring counties to the east and south of us, Goldberger said. got to Sarasota and Manatee, and they have had hundreds of fentanyl or fentanyl analogue deaths. The drug just hasn reached the streets (in Alachua County) and I don know why. factor, Goldberger said, may be that Alachua County has never had a significant issue with heroin. Fentanyl is often sold on the streets with heroin.
ACFR data for the past few years show that the administration of naloxone, a drug increasingly given to revive people who are overdosing, has held steady but may be rising.
In 2015 naloxone, also known by the trade name Narcan, was given 303 times. Of those, 111 were for suspected overdoses while 192 were given by protocol to rule out the possibility of overdose.
In 2016 naloxone was administered 318 times, which 112 were for suspected overdoses.
Through July 25 of this year, naloxone has been given 230 times including 103 for suspected overdoses.
Fentanyl and carfentanil are so potent that bystanders can inadvertently overdose by merely coming in contact with the drugs. An Ohio police officer began overdosing after brushing fentanyl powder off his uniform, and it took three doses of naloxone to revive him.
Darnell said ASO will have naloxone available in case it needed for deputies who may be exposed to drugs. She added that not all deputies will be given naloxone to keep with them on patrol.
an expensive proposition and it has a short shelf life. I have a group of people looking at it for us. I believe we going to have it in the internal area of the agency but also out in the field, Darnell said. going to be accessible for the deputies in the field and for the K 9s too they do the sniffing. Exposure of fentanyl and carfentanil is a very real danger. You get no warning. /wrapper >