Fentanyl and opioid deaths decline in new Florida figures | Real Radio 92.1

TAMPA — Florida’s attorney general says she is “cautiously optimistic” about new numbers of drug overdose-related deaths.

Ashley Moody tells reporters that new statistics from local medical examiners across the state show that overdose-related deaths decreased by seven percent during the first six months of 2023. Fentanyl and opioid deaths decreased by ten percent during that time period.

Moody credits law enforcement efforts, saying our state is the national leader in fentanyl seizures. He also highlights efforts to help people overcome addiction and make overdose medications like Narcan available to first responders and the general public through pharmacies.

But Moody also accuses the Biden administration of undermining drug control efforts through border policies that she says encourage fentanyl producers and smugglers.

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