Heroin is a huge public health concern in Orlando and other cities across the United States—in response, Orange County has created the Orange County Heroin Task Force. Orange County’s collaborative, multi-jurisdictional Heroin Task Force was comprised of 22 key community leaders, lending their expertise and staff in the areas of law enforcement, healthcare, treatment, education and prevention as well as public policy. In partnership with Orange County’s Corrections team, the Task Force was instrumental in the launch of the Vivitrol program, a medication-assisted treatment program administered through the Orange County Jail that helps inmates fight addiction before they are released.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and members of the Orange County Heroin Task Force have created a new website aimed to increase education and awareness about heroin overdoses. The website, which is available in English and Spanish, is one of 37 key recommendations adopted by the Orange County Heroin Task Force for implementation in 2016. Other recommendations already implemented include the Vivitrol Pilot program offered through the Orange County Jail and equipping local law enforcement with Narcan, which has since been credited with saving 120 lives.
The press announcement will immediately follow the conclusion of the Orange County Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) meeting held August 11 in the Orange County Board of County Commission Chambers, 201 S. Rosalind Ave.
Agenda for PSCC Meeting – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.:
- Orange County Corrections Department (OCCD) Update: OCCD Chief Cornita A. Riley
- Review of Bond Schedule, Chief Judge Frederick Lauten
- Video Depositions, Handling Orders to Expunge in Juvenile and Adult Cases: Robert Wesley, Public Defender
- Capital Re-sentencing: Chief Judge Lauten
- Update on the Opiate Crisis: Captain Carlos Espinosa, OSCO
- Central Receiving Center Funding (Mental Health Funding): Donna Wyche,Orange County Manager of Mental Health and Homeless Services