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ADDITIONAL INFO: Addiction to heroin and related legal and illegal painkillers is a deadly plague in Florida and across the nation. Some 5,300 Floridians died from opioid overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent jump from 2015. Addiction shatters lives, families and communities. Leaders on the federal, state and local levels have all implemented policies to fight back. Join us for a discussion with experts about the crisis, how the policies are working, and what else can be done to eliminate the scourge of opioid addiction.
Dr. Ademola Adewale, MD is the assistant program director and director of research and simulation for the Emergency Medicine Residency for Florida Hospital East Orlando and is leading Florida Hospital’s anti-opioid efforts. He’s also on Orange County’s heroin task force and member of the County’s advisory council on the opioid issue.
Danny Banks is the Special Agent in Charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Region. As the head of FDLE’s regional operations center, SAC Banks oversees all of the department’s criminal investigations and forensic services for the nine-county region of Central Florida.
Carol Burkett was appointed by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners as the Director of the Orange County Drug Free Office in 2005. Carol and her staff work with community leaders and over 50 agencies that serve on eight working committees that provide expertise in the areas of prevention, enforcement, healthcare and treatment.
Dr. Michael Deichen, MD, MPH has been with UCF Student Health Services for over 11 years, and his other appointments included physician and medical director. He co-chaired the Treatment Subcommittee of the Orange County Heroin Task Force.
Moderated by Paul Owens, Orlando Sentinel Opinions Editor