Back in 2014, overdoses from synthetic opioids like fentanyl shot up like one of Elon Musk’s rockets. They’ve been hovering up there in space ever since.
Heroin outreach often does more than it’s intended; however the HOPE Initiative proves it can do even more still. Much more. Then again, when the local FBI office leads the charge and a region’s best and brightest high schoolers are issued a challenge, well, more is pretty much par for the course.
Remember when “experts” forecasted a pandemic baby boom? That all those couples stuck at home together would naturally make more babies? Well, it never happened. Something else happened though. Something not nice at all. See, instead of making more babies, people went and did more drugs. A lot more drugs.
Everyone expected the COVID pandemic to fuel the opioid epidemic, but no one expected such stratospheric overdose numbers. They sure didn’t expect those numbers to keep rising. Then again, how could they? No one had ever faced such a devastating one-two punch before.
That the Seminole County substance abuse problem exists is a fact. That it’s being duly addressed is also a fact — and a promise. So says Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma. In fact, the county’s top cop even went on record with the Orlando Business Journal to prove it. Of course even a sheriff can’t duly address a problem until…