Local government officials cannot stop the production of fentanyl in China or prevent opioids from flowing into the United States, Crestview Mayor J.B. Whitten said at the mayor-hosted overdose awareness meeting on Aug. 31.
“But what we can do is educate people,” Whitten told about 75 attendees of the meeting, which was held on International Overdose Awareness Day and took place at the Crestview Community Center. “We can tell our people what’s available in terms of outreach, prevention, rehabilitation and follow-up programs.”
At the Aug. 31 overdose awareness meeting at the Crestview Community Center, Rex Fitzgerald, executive director of Project Hope Florida, said he had heart surgery twice, had surgery on his spleen, lost three fingers on his left hand and had a stroke, all because of IV drug addiction.
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