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Task force: After one year, opioid-related overdose fatalities trending down

One year since the Citrus County Opioid Task Force formed in July 2021, progress has been made, said Todd Hockert, DOH-Citrus Opioid Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Grant Facilitator and Opioid Task Force facilitator at the Aug. 18 Citrus County Opioid Task Force meeting.

The group, comprising government, health, law enforcement and treatment entities, as a response to the 65 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2020.

In 2021, there were 82 opioid-related overdose deaths.

So far this year, from January through June 2022, there were 15 opioid-related overdose deaths and 17 non-opioid-related overdose deaths.