With 984 overdoses and 126 deaths, Manatee County was ground zero in the state’s opioid epidemic in 2016, but things are starting to turn around.
Last year, Manatee County saw a 70% decrease in overdoses, but Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells says focusing on that number is not his main priority.
“I don’t like to focus on that as much as I would like because you always know there is the ability for those numbers to rise again. Right now, we’re down, but we are having to keep our foot on the throttle every single second of the day,” he said.
Sheriff Wells said working together proves the most successful, but it’s never over.
“We are a long way away. We need to continue to fight the fight every day,” he said.
Source: Channel 13