Palm Beach County: Opioid Epidemic A Public Nuisance

April 17, 2018

“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.

Palm Beach County: Opioid Epidemic A Public Nuisance
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