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Florida delegation in Washington to address heroin epidemic



WASHINGTON - Members of Florida's Congressional delegation will meet this morning to address a major concern at home: Heroin.

Delegation co-chairs Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings convened the meeting that will feature a number of panelists, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., sponsor of H.R. 953, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.

A Miami resident currently in recovery from heroin addiction will also speak.

“I’m hopeful that we can gain a better understanding of the heroin crisis in Florida and identify specific actions needed to address it,” Buchanan said. “It’s clear that Congress must act to help control an epidemic that is destroying lives in Florida and across the country.”

Buchanan represents Manatee County, which in 2015 had more heroin overdoses than any other county in Florida. The problem has spread, generating headlines across the state.

Other speakers during the Thursday meeting are Frank Rabbito, senior vice president of WestCare Foundation and Melissa Larkin-Skinner, CFO of Centerstone.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:43am]


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