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Florida Matters: Heroin In Manatee County


Heroin overdoses are rising most everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in Manatee County.

That was the topic at a recent meeting of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club in Bradenton. This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 a.m.), we’ll bring you highlights of that discussion.  


According to Stephen Krivjanik, the chief of Emergency Medical Services in Manatee County:

·         November 2014 is when they started to see a spike, with a peak in June and July of 2015

·         A 1,554 percent increase in overdoses when comparing July 2014 to July 2015

·         In July 2015, 216 911 calls for overdose patients

·         1,008 doses of Narcan administered  through Aug. 31 at a cost of $86,137

·         35 repeat overdoses in the month of July alone

·         EMS have responded to 21 calls where the person was dead on arrival

Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.
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