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Drug overdose policies resurface with heroin's rise

February 5, 2014
by Patricia Borns
Miami Herald

A newly issued report sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that a heroin epidemic is underway in South Florida. The number of heroin-related deaths in Miami-Dade jumped to 33 in 2012 from 15 in 2011, or 120 percent. During the same period in Broward, the number of heroin deaths tripled to nine from three.

Yet most states lack laws to help people survive an overdose, according to the Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

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