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Florida is in the grip of an epidemic.

Deaths from opioid overdose and murders associated with the drugs have increased exponentially in recent years.

Governor Rick Scott has declared the state’s opioid problem a public health emergency. 

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at what state officials are doing to help lower the body count, as well what’s being done locally to treat addicts and prevent addiction.

Then, we have an update on the "Hemming Park 5," as well as a couple of stories honoring military and police officers killed in the line of duty.

But first, we get you up to speed with the trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

Updated 11 a.m.

There was an unexpected recess in former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s federal corruption trial in Jacksonville Friday morning after she broke down and had to be escorted from the witness stand. 

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A drier-than-normal winter and spring have Northeast Florida water managers warning of an impending shortage.

But they say the worst can be staved off if people take it upon themselves to cut back their usage.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT Public Broadcasting

Police officers who died in the line of duty were remembered Wednesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The Tribute to Fallen Officers, outside Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena, included a roll call of those killed while on duty, as well as a 21-gun salute and a Missing Man formation fly-over by JSO’s aviation unit.

“There’s names on that wall that we worked with," Crime Scene Detective David Matsick said. "So, it hits home because we could all be here one day together and the next day one of us not be. "

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Updated at 6 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s chief of staff Ronnie Simmons told prosecutors Wednesday Brown was in control of cash flowing from sham charity One Door for Education.

Brown’s defense is trying to argue Simmons — not Brown — was behind a fraud worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.