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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Dr. Raymond Pomm about the opioid and heroin epidemics and a report from the Palm Beach Post that asserts the slow approach by Florida lawmakers to passing legislation to combat the problem helped lead to an increase in the epidemic (01:14).

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville City Council will soon consider funding a six-month pilot program to help treat opioid addiction with nearly $1.5 million city dollars. Councilman Bill Gulliford is introducing the bill Tuesday.


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A Jacksonville doctor is proposing a pilot program to intervene when people come to the emergency room with heroin and Fentanyl overdoses.  

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Councilman Bill Gulliford wants to convene a community task force to combat the opioid epidemic in Jacksonville.

He made the announcement at a town hall Thursday night, where he said heroin and other opioid overdoes kill more than three times as many people as guns do in the city.

BRAEBURN PHARMACEUTICALS

President Barack Obama is proclaiming it’s “Prescription Opioid and Heroin-Epidemic Awareness Week.”

As more people become addicted, he’s also asking Congress to pass $1.1 billion in new treatment funding.

But getting connected to treatment can be as difficult for struggling addicts as deciding to seek help in the first place.

Opioid Addiction

The problem of people abusing prescription pain medication, then often advancing to heroin use and overdosing, has become a serious public health crisis in this country. 

Christine Meyer, supervising program attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, joins us to discuss special training going on in the judicial system to help kids whose parents have a substance abuse problem.

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A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department transport unit is often the first stop for who somebody who's overdosed.  

“They are going to be extremely cyanotic due to the lack of breathing,”said Jacksonville Rescue Division Chief David Castleman in response to what he's encountered treating overdoses. "They’re going to be blue. Unresponsive completely."

As more addicts on the First Coast are turning to heroin for their highs, overdoses have skyrocketed.

 


Presidential Candidates' Communication Skills

How does a presidential candidates speaking style affect your perception of his or her abilities?

Record numbers of viewers are tuning in to debates to see what the candidates have to say and maybe not even realizing how much they’re judging the way those candidates say it.

Mark Vickers is a certified speaking coach whose day job is helping business executives communicate more effectively. He joins us to evaluate the remaining six presidential candidates' speaking styles.


Farryn James

The number of heroin-related deaths has sharply risen in Northeast Florida recently. Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams and Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper held a press conference Friday to discuss the growing problem.

Leeper says he is cracking down.

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The death of an Oscar winner is bringing fresh attention to a growing problem- a nationwide surge in heroin use and deadly overdoses.