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IDEA Exchange Pinellas, a harm reduction program in St. Petersburg, collects used syringes at 1525 16th St. S. Suite 3. The needle exchange has seen wounds linked to xylazine, a horse sedative found in the illicit fentanyl supply.
Xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, is in the illicit fentanyl supply. It’s been linked to open wounds and fatal overdoses.
South St. Petersburg facility once run by the city will have a new name effective March 1.
A Palm Beach County family has filed a class action lawsuit as victims of a “decade long predatory scheme” emerge.
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s move contradicts advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  1. David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs, sits in his home office. Beside him are some of the many drugs he takes to treat multiple myeloma and other conditions. (Arthur Allen/KFF Health News)
  2. The Atlanta skyline.
  3. Protesters rally at the Ohio Statehouse in support of abortion rights after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.
  4. Clearwater businessman Leo Govoni, center, is accused by a St. Petersburg nonprofit that administers trust funds for the medically needy, of taking $100 million in an unauthorized loan.
  5. IDEA Exchange Pinellas, a harm reduction program in St. Petersburg, collects used syringes at 1525 16th St. S. Suite 3. The needle exchange has seen wounds linked to xylazine, a horse sedative found in the illicit fentanyl supply.
  6. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is to be rebranded in March to reflect the name of its owner, Orlando Health.
  7. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo attends a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Feb. 23, 2023. Earlier this month, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.
  8. Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, Dunnagan finally qualified for the state-federal health insurance program, which covers people with low incomes. “The financial security is huge,” he says. (KATHLEEN DALEY)
  9. Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner, right, and President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo are pictured in 2023.
  10. In its Feb. 9 bankruptcy filing, the The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration states that the group’s founder, Leo Govoni, took money from more than 1,500 trust funds through an unsanctioned loan to the Boston Finance Group, a company he owned.
  11. The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, a nonprofit that manages trust funds for individuals with complex medical needs, including victims of road accidents and medical malpractice, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the loss of $100 million that it says was taken in an unsanctioned loan by the nonprofit's founder, Leo Govoni. It is located at the Roosevelt Lakes office building at 12425 28th St. in St. Petersburg.
  12. Saul Lipsman, 78, relinquished the podiatric physician license he’d held since Feb. 11, 1971.
  13. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right,  hold a news conference in Del Rio, Texas, on July 17, 2021, to talk about an effort to enforce the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
  14. A Fort Myers doctor supervised over a month of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer on a woman's left side. But the cancer was on her right side.
  15. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife former First Lady Rosalynn Carter sit together during a reception to celebrate their 75th anniversary on July 10, 2021 in Plains, Ga. In the year since Jimmy Carter first entered home hospice care, the 39th president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy and outlived his wife of 77 years. Rosalynn Carter, who died in November 2023 after suffering from dementia, spent just a few days under hospice.
  16. Florida lawmakers are close to banning delta-8 products and limiting the THC strength of other hemp products.
  17. Hannah Waite, left, died Feb. 14, 2015, of septic shock from an ulcer that went untreated for two months. A Tampa jury on Wednesday found two doctors at Kindred Hospital liable for her death and awarded her parents $30 million in damages.
  18. David Pizzo at a Florida Blue event announcing a $1.7 million investment to fight poverty in North Tampa. The West Florida market president for Florida Blue, Pizzo volunteered with United Way for more than two decades and catapulted the company's donations to the nonprofit to more than $1 million annually.
  19. Two men accused of running a Hollywood-based health insurance agency that scammed more than 400,000 clients have been found guilty in an Illinois federal court.
The ruling comes just five days after a South Florida federal judge, in a separate civil trial, issued a $195 million judgment against the company, Simple Health Plans LLC.
  20. The da Vinci Xi surgical robot manipulates a model as it carries out a demonstration during a presentation on Nov. 26, 2014, at the Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif, France.
  21. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis discuss a statewide grand jury's report on COVID-19 during a roundtable in Tallahassee on Friday, Feb. 9.
  22. A health care navigator at the University of South Florida helps a consumer learn about coverage options under the Affordable Care Act during an outreach event. More than 4.2 million Floridians signed up for the federal healthcare marketplace for 2024 coverage.
  23. Mariah Perera holds her daughter, Lailani, at their home in Seffner. The infant contracted RSV when she was 2 months old and was admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
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