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Delray supports efforts to reduce opioid misuse
Delray commissioners signed off on a resolution that supports efforts being made by federal agencies like the Department of Justice and Center for Disease control to reduce opioid misuse, addiction and overdose.
County records indicate on an average day 78 people will die from an opioid-related overdose, 3,900 people will use a prescription opioid outside of legitimate medical purposes and supervision and 580 people will try heroin for the first time. The City of Delray Beach has seen a dramatic increase in overdoses due to heroin and opioids in the past year, more than 100% increase in 2016 over 2015, according to Delray Beach Police Department.
On Sept. 20, United States Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, on behalf of the DOJ, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting his help in addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic facing the country by strengthening prescription drug monitoring programs and ensuring safe drug disposal.
On March 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in order to help curtail the overprescribing of opioids by physicians. City officials say they believe opioid misuse is a contributing factor to the rise in heroin and opioid related overdoses.
Delray Beach wins state award for Federal Highway Beautification project
Delray Beach has received an award for its Federal Highway Beautification project.
The agency was recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) for outstanding redevelopment achievements in the Transportation/Transit Enhancements Category. The FRA presents awards annually to projects that exhibit best practices in Florida redevelopment over the past year.
City receives grant to support Holiday Robbery Task Force
Delray Beach has been approved to receive the 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant (JAG) award in the amount of $35,468 by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The funding will assist with overtime pay for officers on the Delray Beach Police Holiday Robbery Task Force. Since 1997, the Delray Beach Police Holiday Robbery Task Force has been successful in reducing crime during the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the presence of additional patrol units at shopping centers and business/art districts has served as a deterrent to criminal activity. The JAG award provides funding for the continued operation of the Holiday Robbery Task Force to help ensure the safety of residents, visitors and local merchants.
For more information, visit the City’s website, www.mydelraybeach.com, and select Police under Departments and/or contact the Delray Beach Police Department at 561-243-6227.