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National Opioid Epidemic Affecting Miami-Dade

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017 4:05 pm | Updated: 4:10 pm, Thu Feb 9, 2017.

  A new government report reveals that drug overdose deaths have continued to rise, with opioids alone killing 91 Americans every day, while another report cites Mexico as "the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States" for its role in supplying those illicit substances.

  According to the 2015 annual report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in the first half of 2015, heroin deaths jumped 100 percent in Miami-Dade County compared to the same period from the previous year and deaths linked to fentanyl rose by 310 percent.

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