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A University of Central Florida researcher has designed technology that allows him to study opioid overdose and the antidotes used to reverse it without human or animal testing. 

A man with a beard and wearing a purple shirt holds up a white, plastic applicator that goes into a nostril and sprays a drug that revives people who have overdosed on opioids.
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Pasco County has consistently ranked among the hardest hit areas of Florida throughout the opioid crisis.

But county substance abuse and mental health leaders continue to band together to approach the problem as a community.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is reminding first responders to make sure they’re carrying NARCAN. 

Haines City Police Department

The opioid crisis is affecting communities of all sizes across the country. In one example, Haines City has equipped all officers in its police department with a life-saving drug that combats opioid overdoses.

Last year saw 1,642 opioid overdoses treated in Broward County emergency rooms. And 85 percent of those cases were overdoses on heroin.

The Florida Highway Patrol announced Wednesday it is issuing naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug commonly known by its brand name, Narcan, to state troopers.

Substance abuse experts and law enforcement officers are calling on lawmakers to bolster access to treatment for people battling opioid addiction.  The biggest focus is on medication assisted treatments.

Law enforcement officers, medical professionals and drug educators met Tuesday in Tampa as part of a three-day drug summit to discuss drug trends, policies and solutions to drug abuse.

Around the U.S., a worsening heroin epidemic has more and more cities turning to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to reduce deaths from abuse. Also known as Narcan, the medication blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the respiratory depression that occurs during an overdose.

A prescription drug that counters the effects of a pain medication overdose could soon be available to caregivers and others.