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Flagler County on Periphery of Opioid Crisis, But Deaths Report Signals Lethal Spikes

| November 16, 2017

Deaths related to heroin and fentanyl use are rising locally, and deaths related to prescription drugs spiked 22 percent as the region proves not immune to the opioid crisis.

Trump Administration Plan to Add Medicaid Work Requirement Stirs Fears

| November 16, 2017

advocates who see the changes as a way for states to kick millions of adults off the program and undermine its mission of providing health coverage to the poor.

The Last Weeks of Savannah Deangelis, 23, Who Died Monday From an Opioid Overdose

| November 14, 2017

Savannah Deangelis of Palm Coast, a Matanzas High graduate, overdosed in late October after being expelled from a recovery program in dubious circumstances after the hurricane.

Where Buying Marijuana is Legal, But There’s Nowhere to Smoke It

| November 11, 2017

Even where it’s legal to sell it, it’s typically illegal to smoke or ingest the drug in dispensaries, bars, restaurants, city parks and public streets. Why?

Florida’s Opioid Crisis: Thousands of Babies Born to Addicts or Removed From Users’ Homes

| November 9, 2017

More than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida last year, with a 38 percent increase in the number of children under 5 removed from homes because of drugs.

Palm Coast Opioid Dealer’s Arrest Points Only To Fractional, Street-Level Source of Crisis

| November 8, 2017

Palm Coast’s Joseph Colon, 34, has been in and out of jail and prison over drug dealing for years, but his arrest on heroin and fentanyl trafficking charges masks the much broader, more legal source of the crisis.

House Tax Bill: Penalty For No Health Coverage Stays, Medical-Cost Deduction Goes

| November 6, 2017

The medical deduction, originally created in World War II, is available only to taxpayers whose expenses are above 10 percent of their adjusted gross income.

Truck Terror Attacks May Be a Sign of ISIS Weakness, But They’re Very Hard to Stop

| November 5, 2017

As ISIS loses territory on the battlefield, lone-actor assaults are expected to increase. The question for cities is what more can be done to protect against such attacks.

How 2nd Grader at Old Kings Got Whole School District and 2 Other Counties To Go Green

| November 1, 2017

Students boycotted the use of plastic trays on the way to convincing the administration to adopt more eco-friendly, biodegradable paperboard lunch trays that don’t harm oceans, as plastics do.

Obamacare Enrollment Opens Wednesday For 5th Year: 5 Things You Should Know

| October 31, 2017

Despite the efforts of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. But there are changes.

Uncertainty On Generators at Nursing Homes After Governor’s Order Is Invalidated

| October 31, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott’s administration appealed the order to the 1st District Court of Appeal and claims the rules remain in effect during the appeal.

Lawmakers Moving To Put a Leash On
Bogus Service Dogs As Abuses Proliferate

| October 30, 2017

Though Florida two years ago tightened some service dog regulations, it’s still easy to acquire or pass off any animal as a service animal. Other states are working to tighten their laws.

Treatment Overkill: Unneeded Scans, Therapy and Surgery Only Add To Patients’ Ills

| October 28, 2017

Though ample evidence shows breast-cancer radiation treatment for many can be drastically cut down, less than half those eligible received it despite the additional cost and inconvenience.

An Allegation of Rape On the Sands of Flagler Beach, But Beyond That, Mostly Blur

| October 26, 2017

A 26-year-old woman reported being raped the morning of Oct. 14 somewhere between South 4th and South 9th Streets, but evidence and alcohol-blurred memories are scant.

Florida Lawmakers Looking To Add Treatment Programs To Fight Opioid Epidemic

| October 25, 2017

A combination of short-term intensive treatment beds, long-term outpatient services and medically assisted treatment could be the blueprint for a solution, a powerful lawmaker says.

Senators Angry At Delays In Medical Marijuana Licenses, Blaming Complacency

| October 24, 2017

The head of the state’s medical-use office is blaming the delays on litigation over the constitutional amendment. Senators aren’t buying it, blaming complacency.

Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace

| October 21, 2017

the Rise Above Movement, one of whose men beat up protesters in Charlottesville, train to fight. They post their beatings online. And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities.

Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Task Force’s Job Done, Attention Turns To Enacting Proposals

| October 20, 2017

Several proposals the domestic violence task force put forth area already being enacted but many more remain unfunded or not yet fully analyzed.

No Maternity Wing or Trauma Unit Any Time Soon, But Florida Hospital Flagler Thrives On

| October 19, 2017

Florida Hospital Flagler’s top leadership appeared at the Chamber of Commerce’s Common Ground breakfast Thursday morning with a sum-up of making it through recent stormy challenges and glimpses of what’s new within the hospital’s walls.

Stanley Wykretowicz Acquitted On Aggravated Child Abuse Charge, May Face Negligence

| October 18, 2017

The 42-year-old Palm Coast resident was looking at up to 30 years in prison had he been found guilty on a charge that he’d brutalized his 2-year-old niece. The defense said the girl was merely ill.

Prosecution Stymied In Ex-Jail Guard’s Trial Over 2-Year-Old Girl’s Alleged Brutalization

| October 17, 2017

Stanley Wykretowicz, 41, was the sole caregiver to his 2-year-old niece when he brought her to Florida Hospital Flagler, comatose and bruised, but his lawyers say she was merely ill, not abused.

Flagler’s Domestic Violence Task Force Spurs Sheriff’s Action Ahead of Final Report’s Recommendations

| October 16, 2017

Flagler County now has its own “batterer-intervention program” and Sheriff Staly will devote a detective full-time to pursuing domestic violence cases as his task force prepares to submit its recommendations Friday.

Flagler Commissioners Approving $400,000 In Grants to Six Critical Social Service Agencies

| October 16, 2017

The grants subsidize free healthcare for the poor, a shelter for abused women, interventions for victims of rape, and help for addicts and individuals with mental health needs, among other services.

Stunner On Birth Control: Trump’s Moral Exemption Is Geared To Just 2 Groups

| October 16, 2017

A separate rule allowing employers that are not religious organization to deny contraceptive coverage to employees is geared toward anti-abortion groups, but its legal status is doubtful.

7-Day Limit On Pain-Killer Prescriptions Part of Sweeping Proposal To Crack Down on Opioids

| October 15, 2017

Doctors would be limited to prescribing seven days’ worth of opioids for patients with acute pain and would have to check a statewide database before ordering most prescription pain medications.

Trump Blows Up Obamacare Subsidies: What You Need To Know

| October 13, 2017

Some of Trump’s actions could have an immediate effect on the enrollment for 2018 ACA coverage that starts Nov. 1. Here are five things you should know.

Flagler District’s Bombardments Battling Mosquito Surge Not Seen in 65 Years As County Seeks State Aid

| October 11, 2017

Stagnant waters left from two massive storms have led to record numbers of mosquitoes in Flagler, with aerial bombardments resuming Thursday and likely more coming.

Florida Cuts Payments To HMOs Caring For Poor, Elderly and Disabled By 3.7 Percent

| October 11, 2017

The hospital cuts accounted for 94 percent of the reduction in rates, which the state says is attributable to lower pharmaceutical costs. Long-term care is seeing an increase.

Florida Lawmakers Hear Grim Picture of Worsening Opioid Crisis and Lack of Treatment

| October 10, 2017

In the first six months of 2016, deaths caused by fentanyl increased by nearly 140 percent, deaths from heroin overdoses jumped by 25 percent, compared to the same period in 2015.

Pride In “Our Country”? Count Me Out.

| October 8, 2017

There’s no contending with a president who speaks of his pride in this country in serial tweets even as his every other pronouncement is a cleave, a slur, a boast, a lie or a disgrace.

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