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How Fentanyl, in 56% of Florida’s Overdose Deaths, Changes the Opioid Equation

| October 19, 2018

With lethal amounts of fentanyl showing up in heroin and other drug supplies throughout the country, active drug users are at a greater risk of dying than ever before.

Thefts, Hit-and-Run With Injury and Graham Swamp Search Lead to Arrest of Frequent Felon

| September 16, 2018

Jonathan DeMartino, 37, faces four felony counts after a run of alleged property and other crimes, one of them injuring a woman in a Palm Coast Parkway hit-and-run.

In Two Days in Flagler, Two Overdoses, Three Incidents With Opioids, One Involving a 1-Year-Old

| August 15, 2018

A 48-hour period in Flagler and Palm Coast saw the varied aspects of opioids’ effects–in overdoses, in arrests, in court–pointing to signs of an epidemic’s spread.

Palm Coast’s Daryl Jowais, 49, Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose

| July 17, 2018

Daryl Jowais, 49, of Zacharias Place in Palm Coast, was found dead after locking himself in his bathroom. His supplier is unknown. The case is under investigation.

Clarence Murphy Is Sentenced To Life In Prison, No Parole, In Murder of Cousin Ahmad Laster

| May 31, 2018

Clarence Murphy Jr. shot his cousin Ahmed Rashad Laster on Palm Coast’s Parkview Drive last September during an argument, and soon confessed.

In Lawsuit, Pam Bondi Accuses Pill Manufacturers of Causing Opioid Crisis

| May 17, 2018

Bondi filed a civil suit accusing five of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and four distributors of causing the opioid crisis that is killing an average 15 Floridians daily.

Applicants Line Up Concert-Style For Florida’s Dozens of New Methadone-Treatment Licenses

| December 19, 2017

Florida officials this summer decided to double the number of methadone clinics in the state as part of a $27 million federal grant aimed at curbing opioid addiction and overdoses.

Man at Wheel of Truck in Crash That Killed 10-Year-Old Arrested on Drug Charges; Cited 3 Times in Last 6 Months For No License

| November 20, 2017

Thomas Rando, the Palm Coast man at the wheel of an SUV that crashed Friday, killing 10-year-old Hannah Beard, was arrested Sunday trying to leave a house allegedly with backpacks of drugs and has a long history of driving without license.

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.

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.

21-Month-Old Boy Tests Positive For Cocaine, Palm Coast Mom Charged With Child Neglect

| September 18, 2017

Ashley Estepp, the 23-year-old Palm Coast mother of a young boy, had taken him to the ER fearing he’d ingested a prescription pill, but he tested positive for cocaine.

Prescription-Drug Overdoses Swamp Medical Examiners, Putting Accuracy In Question

| July 24, 2017

The concern is that performing more than the recommended limit of 325 autopsies in a year, in addition to other duties such as testifying in court, could result in errors.

Palm Coast Pill House: “You’re Using Drugs?” “No Mom, I’m Selling Drugs.”

| July 21, 2017

A 30-year-old woman was arrested while her 5-year-old son slept in a bedroom sheriff’s deputies said was stashed with hundreds of oxycodone pills, bags of pot and close to $9,000 in cash.

Governments Mull Way To Fight Prescription-Drug Crisis That Worked With Tobacco: Taxes

| April 17, 2017

California, Alaska and the US Congress are considering taxing prescription drugs to raise money for treatment and discourage their use, but the amounts of the taxes would be relatively small.

With Rising Death Toll From Opioids, Florida Still Gropes For Effective Answers

| April 13, 2017

State officials have few responses as the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 72.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, to 3,228 deaths by overdose in Florida.

Flagler Beach Police Department Now Permanent Site To Get Rid of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

| February 27, 2017

No questions asked: You don’t have to wait for drug take-back days to drop off your unwanted prescription drugs anymore. The department’s new Drug Collection Unit is accessible daily from 8 to 5.

America’s Other Doping Problem: Drugging Up the Elderly in Hospitals

| September 2, 2016

An increasing number of elderly patients are on multiple medications, raising chances of dangerous drug interactions. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate, and hospital doctors add to the list of drugs, sometimes unnecessarily or unsuitably.

Prince’s Reminder: Opioid Epidemic Intensifies But Steps to Curb It Face Challenges

| May 15, 2016

There is broad consensus on the need for more treatment options, more education, more careful prescribing by doctors. But there’s still much debate about the details—and funding–for each of those steps.

Poison Flush: Drug Take-Back Day in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach on Saturday, No Questions Asked

| April 28, 2016

Residents can stop at four locations in Palm Coast and one in Flagler Beach to privately return expired or unwanted prescription, over-the-counter meds, vitamin or herbal remedies as well as veterinary medications.

Sheriff Manfre Proposes De-Criminalizing Pot Possession; County Officials and State Attorney Open to Idea

| January 22, 2016

Following in the steps of three Florida counties and some 20 states, Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to replace criminal penalties for small amounts of pot with civil fines. State Attorney R.J. Larizza and county officials are willing to explore the new approach.

Risks You Didn’t Know About Tylenol, Because Its Marketing Campaign Didn’t Convey Them

| October 18, 2015

Internal company documents that have emerged in a New Jersey trial that ended Friday make clear that marketing for Tylenol did not convey doctors’ concerns about its risks.

Florida Teens’ Taste for E-Cigarettes Now More than Double That of Tobacco Sticks

| September 24, 2015

Some 6.9 percent of Florida high-school students smoke cigarettes, but 15.8 percent use electronic cigarettes, which allow inhalation of vaporized nicotine.

Florida’s Foster Children Are Still Being Medicated Without Proper Oversight

| September 22, 2015

Just a fifth of the 2,434 children in state foster care had proper consent-form and other requirements to be subjected to psychotropic drugs, according to UF research.

Doctors and Pharmacists Complain: Patients Aren’t Getting Their Pain Meds Fast Enough

| September 21, 2015

Pharmacists complain that distributors are limiting their supply of powerful narcotics, forcing the pharmacists to ration their limited stock to their regular patients.

Cashing In on Pot: How Business Is Getting High on Marijuana’s Potential

| August 24, 2015

The industry totaled $2.66 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, up 74 percent from $1.53 billion the year before, with expectations that the market will expand exponentially as more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Sedated We Stand: Medicare Paid for Nearly 40 Million Tranquilizer Prescriptions in 2013

| June 12, 2015

Florida had more doctors who prescribed large amounts of benzodiazepines than anywhere else in the country with some 144 Florida doctors wrote at least 2,000 prescriptions for them to Medicare patients.

Palm Coast Resident Accused of Operating A Crack-and-Pot Operation in Bunnell

| June 5, 2015

Tyrone Patterson, a 37-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s R-section who was charged with child abuse in March, is being held on $720,000 bond for trafficking cocaine and growing pot near Carver Gym in Bunnell.

Drugs, Weapons and Child Porn Lead to 3 Separate Arrests in Palm Coast and Bunnell

| March 27, 2015

The Palm Coast teen had transmitted items flagged as child porn by the social media site Whisper, then was found to have 10 short videos of explicit sexual acts between adult men and pre-pubescent girls.

Heroin Overdoses Spike After Florida
Cracks Down on Prescription Pill Abuse

| January 26, 2015

Five years ago, Florida was the prescription drug capital of the U.S. Seven people died every day from overdoses. The state cracked down, but this year, heroin overdose deaths are expected to be double those number four years before.

Sheriff’s K-9 Units Sniff 2 Drug Busts; Unusual Heroin Arrest Echoes National Crisis

| January 20, 2015

Two Palm Coast residents arrested in separate traffic stops were arrested on numerous drug-trafficking charges, including, in one case, heroin trafficking, which reflects the rise in the use of the drug nationally.

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