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Opioid Awareness Week, May 12-18
May 6, 2019 — Carlos A. Gimenez


During May 12-18, National Prevention Week brings awareness to substance abuse and mental health issues. Opioid misuse, abuse and overdose has become a serious public health concern in Miami-Dade County. In 2016, there were 229 residents who overdosed from opioids in Miami-Dade County.

Opioids are powerful substances that produce strong, morphine-like effects in the brain. These substances can be obtained with a prescription like hydrocodone and oxycodone, or can be obtained illegally. When misused and abused, these drugs can cause serious, sometimes fatal, consequences.

Get help and learn about the Opioid Addiction Task Force and the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI) which requires Miami-Dade County to develop data-driven, coordinated responses to identify and address challenges resulting from opiod abuse that are impacting youth and community safety.

Join the Miami-Dade County Drug Court on their 30th year anniversary with a graduation for those participants who have successfully completed the drug court program. The event will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 at Camillus House, 336 NW 5th Street, Miami.

The program offers drug offenders the chance to avoid prosecution, recovery from addiction and change their lives in a positive direction.

Learn about National Prevention Week

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