Palm Beach County: Opioid Epidemic A Public Nuisance

April 17, 2018

Source: Palm Beach Post

“The purpose of the ordinance is to declare the opioid epidemic a public nuisance and to provide a mechanism for Palm Beach County to recover taxpayer’s costs incurred as a result of this epidemic,” Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman told The Post.

The suit alleges that the costs of the epidemic have been steep and have touched on a variety of areas, including foster care, health care and law enforcement.

Last year, the county set aside $3 million to combat the epidemic. Some of that money was to boost staffing at the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office, which has been deluged with work from overdose deaths.

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