ORLANDO, Fla. — Two weeks into the new year, the opioid crisis continues to top the list of issues plaguing Central Florida communities.
- In 2018: 190 overdoses in Orange County; Narcan used 172 times
- Opioid-related deaths in US up 45 percent from 2016 to 2017
Last year, the Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to a number of calls and cases. In 2018, there were 190 overdoses and deputies used Narcan 172 times.
The latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 45.2 percent increase in opioid-related deaths between 2016 and 2017 in the U.S.
Jessica Osteen is in recovery for opioid use and knows the dangers of addiction.
"So many resources for you young adults or even adults to get help I pray you decide to make that change because there is a better life," said Osteen, who is nine months sober.