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South Florida receives $27M to combat deadly heroin epidemic

Nearly $27 million is coming to South Florida to fight a dangerous heroin epidemic and potentially save the lives of hundreds. (WPEC)

Nearly $27 million is coming to South Florida to fight a dangerous heroin epidemic.

According to the Sun Sentinel, about $5 million of the available funds will be shared between several South Florida counties like Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

The funds approved by Congress in 2016 will provide medication-assisted treatment to addicts, increase the availability of the overdose reversal drug and add new employees to help people fight their addictions.

In 2016, around 600 people died from opioid overdoses in Palm Beach County alone, almost twice as many in 2015.

Governor Rick Scott expedited the release of this money after he declared heroin abuse a statewide public health emergency in the beginning of May.

State officials hope the declaration and available funds will help strengthen continued efforts to combat the epidemic.

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