Carrie Proudfit, Public Information Officer
407-836-5429 or email: Carrie.Proudfit@ocfl.net

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Heroin Task Force Announce New Heroes Against Heroin Website

WHAT: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and members of the Orange County Heroin Task Force will announce the launch of a new website aimed to increase education and awareness about heroin overdoses and related deaths among youth, young adults and families. The website, which is available in English and Spanish, is one of 37 key recommendations adopted by the Orange County Heroin Task Force for implementation in 2016. Other recommendations already implemented include the Vivitrol Pilot program offered through the Orange County Jail and equipping local law enforcement with Narcan.

The press announcement will immediately follow the conclusion of the Orange County Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) meeting held in the Orange County Board of County Commission Chambers.

Agenda for PSCC Meeting – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.:

  • Orange County Corrections Department (OCCD) Update: OCCD Chief Cornita A. Riley
  • Review of Bond Schedule, Chief Judge Frederick Lauten
  • Video Depositions, Handling Orders to Expunge in Juvenile and Adult Cases:  Robert Wesley, Public Defender
  • Capital Re-sentencing: Chief Judge Frederick Lauten
  • Update on the Opiate Crisis: OCSO Captain Carlos Espinosa
  • Central Receiving Center Funding (Mental Health Funding): Orange County Manager of Mental Health and Homeless Services Donna Wyche

WHERE: Orange County Board of County Commission Chambers
201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

WHEN: Immediately Following the Orange County Public Safety Coordinating Council Meeting. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to start approximately at 11 a.m.

WHO: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Members and representatives from Orange County’s Heroin Task Force
Heroin Task Force Education and Prevention Subcommittee

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ABOUT THE ORANGE COUNTY HEROIN TASK FORCE
Orange County’s collaborative, multi-jurisdictional Heroin Task Force was comprised of 22 key community leaders, lending their expertise and staff in the areas of law enforcement, healthcare, treatment, education and prevention as well as public policy.  The Task Force adopted 37 recommendations for implementation. In addition to legislative advocacy during the 2017 session, Task Force members were key to getting Naloxone (also known as Narcan) into the hands of more first responders – especially law enforcement – through legislative action in the 2016 session.  In partnership with Orange County’s Corrections team, the Task Force was instrumental in the launch of the Vivitrol program, a medication-assisted treatment program administered through the Orange County Jail that helps inmates fight addiction before they are released.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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