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Florida governor announces task force on opioid crisis

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Posted at 9:43 AM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 17:17:53-04

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis is re-establishing Florida’s office of drug control and creating a drug task force on drug abuse to combat the opioid epidemic.

DeSantis made the announcement in Sanford Monday morning, saying “substance abuse is a serious public safety concern.”

He appointed Attorney General Ashley Moody to chair the statewide task force, which will develop a strategy and make recommendations. Moody said Florida loses 17 people a day to the drug crisis, including one on Monday in Seminole County, where the announcement took place.

The drug control office will coordinate with state and federal officials with a goal of reducing opioid abuse.

DeSantis also said Florida has secured an additional $26 million in federal funding for the state’s opioid response project.