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Fentanyl overdoses soar. Does Florida need safe places to use drugs?

10 Investigates takes a deep dive into an overdose prevention strategy that might sound counterproductive at first: Giving people supervised places to do drugs.

Jenna Bourne (WTSP)

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Published: 6:22 PM EDT May 9, 2022
Updated: 5:33 PM EDT May 10, 2022

People are overdosing on fentanyl in record numbers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows the rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl, shot up 56 percent between 2019 and 2020.

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What we’ve been doing to prevent these deaths clearly is not working. So, how do we keep people alive long enough to make it into addiction treatment?

10 Investigates is taking a deep dive into a strategy that might sound counterproductive to you at first: Giving people safe, supervised places to use drugs.

It’s a strategy that other countries have been using for decades to prevent overdoses.

So, why has the U.S. been slow to consider overdose prevention centers? And why is nobody talking about this here in Florida?