Florida attorney general convening opioid task force

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Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 6:27 AM EST
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By: Capitol News Service

January 31, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) – Attorney General Ashley Moody says Florida is now losing 17 people a day to opioid deaths, up from 14 a day last year. Now, she’s convening a statewide task force to push for solutions.

Her plan is to take what is working in parts of the state and replicate success stories statewide.

“We have successes in Palm Beach County. They just announced they saw a forty-one percent reduction in overdose deaths,” said Moody. “We are going to use those successes and build them and use economy of scale to duplicate those across the state. That’s the purpose of the task force."

The attorney general is also continuing to push a lawsuit filed in June by her predecessor that seeks damages from drug makers over what is being called “overzealous marketing of opioids.”