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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.

Memories of Heartbreak, Triumph and Farewells at Flagler’s 32nd Drug Court Graduation

| September 27, 2018

Circuit Judge Dennis Craig returned to preside over Flagler’s drug court graduation for the last time and saw goodbye to 11-year coordinator and tough cop Mike Greenier.

At least 100 Pounds of Pot Wash Up on Hammock Shore, But No Finders Keepers as Man Is Arrested

| September 14, 2018

A 61-year-old man was arrested in the Hammock Thursday for allegedly grabbing an 11-pound brick of pot that had washed up on shore.

Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

| August 19, 2018

More than 1,500 pending civil lawsuits, filed mostly by state and local governments, allege that deceptive marketing claims helped fuel a national epidemic of opioid addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

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.

Couple On Way To Their Own Kids’ Birthday Party Stop To Shoot Up Heroin, Causing Overdose

| May 21, 2018

A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy administered Narcan to help revive the overdose victim in the W Section. The man’s girlfriend had passed out earlier and revived.

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.

No Move to Plug Budget Despite Warnings About Cuts to Prisons’ Substance-Abuse Programs

| May 11, 2018

The Senate appropriations chairman said lawmakers aren’t planning to plug a $28 million budget gap at the Florida Department of Corrections until next year.

Sheriff Touts 45 Drug Arrests in Flagler in 7-Month Operation, Part of Broader But Cyclical Effort

| May 1, 2018

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly hosted a press conference with Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood and Putnam’s Gator DeLoach to highlight a 27-county, 7-month drug investigation they took part in.

Addiction Drug Vivitrol’s Side Effect: More Overdoses?

| April 9, 2018

Researchers suggest people getting Vivitrol shots may be more susceptible to a fatal overdose if they halt the regimen early and resume using opiates.

Flagler Beach Drug House Busted, Filth Draws Code Enforcement, 5 Arrested, 3 Already Out

| March 30, 2018

The Paytas family members and associates at the 135 Oak Lane house in Flagler Beach have been subjects of drug busts before, and some of them have served prison time.

Are Drug Addicts Less Valuable Than Students? Florida Says Yes, Wrongly.

| March 18, 2018

Politically there may be a big difference between students’ safety and drug addicts. Ethically, there is none, and financially, addicts are being lethally short-changed.

In a First, Palm Coast Drug Dealer Is Indicted on 1st Degree Murder in Overdose Death of Savannah Deangelis

| February 21, 2018

Joseph Colon, 34, of Palm Coast, is accused of selling the heroin and fentanyl that killed Savannah Deangelis, 23, moments later at her Grand Haven home last October.

Doctors Join Chorus Against Limits on Painkiller Prescriptions, But Lawmakers Push On

| January 23, 2018

The proposal to set legal limits on prescribing for pain medication continued moving forward when it was unanimously approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

Collateral Damage of Florida’s Opioid Crisis: Children

| January 3, 2018

Contending with tales of children discovered in the backseats of cars with their parents passed out from drug overdoses in the front, or toddlers left alone in fetid apartments for days while drug-addled mothers or fathers scour the streets for a fix.

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.

All-Cash Business? Not So: Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Shops to Open Bank Accounts

| December 16, 2017

Almost 400 banks and credit unions now serve the medical marijuana industry, according to the U.S. Treasury — a number that has more than tripled since 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To Fight Opioids, Gov. Scott Will Include $50 Million In Next Year’s Budget For Drug Treatment

| September 26, 2017

The proposal won;t be considered before January. The $50 million would include money for such programs as substance-abuse treatment, counseling and recovery services.

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.

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