Pressure on Governor to Order State of Emergency for Overdose Crisis – Marion County Criminal Lawyer Hernado Criminal Lawyer Ocala
There is pressure growing for Governor Rick Scott to declare a public health emergency do to the amount of heroin and opioid overdoses last year. Estimates believe that there were roughly 4,000 deaths due to these causes last year alone.
The crisis appears to be reaching a tipping point. Opioid and heroin abuse have swept across the country and the state of Florida is not immune. Not only does opioid and heroin abuse lead to deaths, but it tears families apart, leads to crimes in order to pay for the developed habits, and keeps people from contributing positively to society.
In our line of work, unfortunately we see client’s on a regular basis who have gone down a path that they never intended to take, simply because addiction has driven them there. Whether or not this is a state of emergency is up to the Governor and other decision makers, but it is certainly a major problem in this state that has disastrous consequences.
Florida would not be the first state to declare a state of emergency for such issues, as Virginia, Maryland and Alaska have already done so. Governor Scott has declares states of emergencies for wild fire, major storms and the zika virus.
If you or someone you know has been accused of possession of an opioid or heroin or has been accused of committing a crime in furtherance of their addiction and is in need of legal help, give Cagan & Cagan a call today for a free consultation at (352) 683-9100.