How bad is Central Florida's overdose crisis? UCF's Dr. Kendall Cortelyou Put together a report for Project Opiod detailing a 28-percent increase in deaths between March 2020 and March of 2021. 51 people are dying every month in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. She says fentanyl is everywhere--
"It is in every drug, it's being mixed with different kinds of drugs," Dr. Cortelyou said. "Fetanyl is dangerous but when you mix it with cocain, when you mix it with a different drug, it only increases the lethality of the drugs."
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma wants to see wider distribution of the overdose reversing drug Narcan, more focus on mental health services and harsher penalties for drug dealers.
Project Opiod founder Andrae Bailey says please reach out for help if you need it.
"Help is available if you are struggling with these drugs. Don't struggle in silence. Do not die without getting help from your community."
Bailey says fentanyl has become 'the most profitable and powerful drug' in the history of Central Florida.
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