Coral Springs Fights Opioid Addiction
The opioid epidemic affecting our nation has not left the City of Coral Springs unscathed. Last year, 637 people died in Broward County as a result of accidental overdose. Of those overdose deaths, 50 occurred in Coral Springs.
After learning that more than 80% of those addicted to opioids start with prescription drugs, Vice Mayor Lou Cimaglia formed an Opioid Task Force to help in the fight against this deadly epidemic. Members of the task force consist of healthcare providers, judiciary, Coral Springs Police, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department and community activists.
The result of their efforts is a comprehensive, hard-hitting Public Safety Announcement (PSA) highlighting the descent from legally prescribed pills to street narcotic addiction, which will accompany comprehensive presentations. The PSA – How did it come to this? Is a look back at a teen’s life through his lens as he struggles with addiction after an injury.
Opioid Task Force members will provide these informative presentations about opioid addiction, warning signs and available resources for parents, teachers, students, civic groups and organizations in an effort to combat this deadly epidemic throughout the year.
If your group or organization would like to have an Opioid Task Force Member provide a presentation, please contact (954) 346-1201.
Lynne Martzall Public Information Officer/Writer
Writer who specializes in highlighting issues, solutions and day-to-day operations of city-government.
A 21-year public relations professional, Lynne served as the Public Relations manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office – the nation’s third largest public safety agency until 2013, where she managed crisis communication, media outreach and the promotion of public safety initiatives . During her tenure she served as the editor for Signal 14 – quarterly full-color magazine for residents and employees.
In 2014, Lynne joined the Coral Springs Police Department serving as the social media coordinator.Read more >>>