Health pros hope to cap opioid epidemic

Florida Keys Area Health Education Center is providing Deterra bags to help combat the opioid epidemic and aiming to raise awareness of opioid abuse among members of the community.

MONROE COUNTY — Health professionals can provide mental and medical ammunition to combat “a global epidemic” of opioid addiction that has reached into the Florida Keys.

“It’s becoming increasingly worse with prescription medicine,” said Michael Cunningham, chief executive of the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center. “We’re also finding fentanyl and heroin use. These seem to be the drugs of choice that we’re seeing more and more.

“The opioid epidemic has become one of the largest public health issues, not only locally but nationally. It has become a global epidemic.”