- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

ORALNDO, Fla. (AP) - A task for is being formed to address the latest outbreak of heroin in central Florida.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sheriff Jerry Demings will officially announce the task force on Monday in Orlando. It will consist of more than 20 leaders in law enforcement, health care and education. They’ll be meeting over the next six months to devise programs to help curtail the problem.

The Orlando Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1N7t177 ) reports Orange and neighboring Osceola counties led Florida with 90 heroin-related deaths last year. The National Institute of Drug Abuse says heroin addiction began rising in Florida in 2012 after the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program shut down doctors’ offices known as pill mills.

Jacobs says a major focus of the task force is an aggressive public-awareness campaign targeting schools.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, https://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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