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Addiction to heroin and related legal and illegal painkillers is a deadly plague in Florida and across the nation. Some 5,300 Floridians died from Opioid overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent jump from 2015. Addiction shatters lives, families and communities. Leaders on the federal, state and local levels have all implemented policies to fight back. Join us for a discussion with experts about the crisis how the policies are working, and what else can be done to eliminate the scourge of Opioid addiction at our Florida Forward Forum: Florida’s Opioid Crisis.

Panelists:
Dr. Ademola Adewale is the assistant program director and director of research and simulation for the Emergency Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando. He leads Florida Hospital’s anti-opioid efforts and is a member of Orange County’s advisory council on the issue.

Danny Banks is the Special Agent in Charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Region. As the head of FDLE’s regional operations center, he co-chairs the Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the Orange County Heroin Task Force.

Carol Burkett is the Director of the Orange County Drug Free Office and responsible for the coordination of the Orange County Methamphetamine Task Force (2005), Orange County Underage Drinking Task Force (2008), Mayor Jacobs’ Prescription Drug Task Force (2011) and most recently, the Orange County Heroin Task Force.

Dr. Michael Deichen, MD, MPH has been with UCF Student Health Services for over 11 years, and his other appointments included physician and medical director. He co-chaired the Treatment Subcommittee of the Orange County Heroin Task Force.

 

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