In this Friday, June 9, 2017 photo Claudia Rebola, an industrial design professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, demonstrates the NaloxBox in Providence, RI., on June 9, 2017. Rebola and others designed NaloxBox to give bystanders in public areas easy and quick access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)
A NaloxBox installed at Amos House, which provides drug recovery services, in Providence, RI., on June 9, 2017. NaloxBox was designed to give bystanders in public areas easy and quick access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. (AP Photo/Michelle Smith)
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing strong warnings about the combined use of such opioid medications along with benzodiazepines, a class of anti-anxiety medications.
An opioid overdose kit. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Fifty deputies and supervisors with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office now have been trained in how to use EVZIO naloxone autoinjectors to stop opioid overdoses, thanks to a donation of 800 autoinjectors from kaléo, a Richmond, Va.-based pharmaceutical company.
In this photo made on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, the Norwin School Distict Superintendent of Schools, William H. Kerr shows materials being considered in use in the development of a curriculum for educating students in the district about opioid drug addiction at his office in North Huntindon, Pa. Schools across the country are teaching children as young as grade school about opioids as the nation's deadly drug crisis rages on. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this Monday, March 13, 2017 photo, Logan Snyder, listens during an American history class at Hope Academy in Indianapolis. Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone she joined the millions already swept up in the nation's grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Oxycodone sales are down across the state, law enforcement officials say. but substance-abuse experts say the decline in oxycodone sales has not equated to a decline in drug abuse. Many addicts simply have switched to more easily available substances.
Florida Governor Rick Scott takes questions during a news conference on environmental issues at the state capitol Monday, April 17, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)
SARASOTA — A phone on the floor of a halfway house lights up with a new text message.
“Hey for real, inject slowly because that’s no joke, it’s a...ton of carfentanil.”
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