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Governor Ron DeSantis signs bill targeting opioid use

Listen: Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday sponsored by a Tampa lawmaker cracking down...

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Students were served a lunch completely sourced from Florida growers, producers, and manufacturers.

College dorms in Florida could be required to have naloxone or other opioid antagonists

The proposed rule would require Florida’s public colleges to have emergency opioid antagonists in residence halls and dormitories.

Court arguments are set in a fight over Florida’s opioid settlement

Hospital districts & school boards argue that Florida AG Ashley Moody did not have the authority to release their opioid settlement claims.
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MLK Jr Day: Food Justice and Inequality

The continuing fight for food and economic justice is highlighted as we celebrate the birthday of the “Drum major for justice” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library of Congress Hunger and homelessness speak to a...

Here’s how you can get free Naloxone (Narcan) nasal spray kits from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas and Citrus Counties

At least two Tampa Bay area departments of health are offering free Naloxone (Narcan) nasal spray kits to help prevent overdose deaths.

WaveMakers: Bemetra Simmons on keeping Tampa Bay competitive

As Tampa Bay grows as a community, the standards to be met grow along with it. In order to keep up with the competition, the Tampa Bay Partnership helps conduct community research, inform new policies...
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Florida lawmakers file legislation to decriminalize fentanyl test strips

Florida lawmakers have filed legislation that would decriminalize fentanyl test strips, a life-saving tool to combat the U.S. overdose crisis.
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USF researcher: number of fatal overdoses of some drugs is much higher than shown in federal database

The epidemic of overdoses by certain drugs is likely even worse than reported in a major national database; that’s the conclusion of a study published Tuesday by a researcher at the University of South Florida....
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John Morgan: smokable medical marijuana appeal is Rick Scott putting politics over people

On Friday a judge ruled that Florida’s ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional; but the state is appealing the ruling. During a conference with reporters Tuesday, attorney John Morgan said he hopes Governor Rick...
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Florida is suing opioid manufacturers and distributors

The State of Florida is suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for what Attorney General Pam Bondi says could end up being billions of dollars. Bondi made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at an addiction recovery center...
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Tampa protesters mock Jeff Sessions with signs & chants

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Tampa Wednesday for a meeting of leaders trying to deal with the opioid addiction crisis; but outside the building where Sessions was meeting, forty protesters criticized his positions...

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