Orange County Government, Florida

Orange County Heroin Task Force

Mission

Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sheriff Jerry L. Demings convened Orange County’s Heroin Task Force on August 17, 2015 to address the extraordinary spike in local heroin use and overdoses from the highly addictive drug.

To tackle this problem locally, Mayor Jacobs asked Sheriff Demings to join in forming a collaborative and multi-jurisdictional Task Force. The Task Force of key community leaders provided their expertise in the areas of law enforcement, education and prevention, healthcare and treatment to address the increase in heroin use and overdose-related deaths in Orange County.

History

Although prescription drug abuse is still a serious problem, heroin has become easier to obtain and has a very high-purity level. Troubling studies have found that more young adult professionals are using the drug.

In 2014, there were 90 deaths in Orange County associated with heroin, a staggering 84 percent increase from 2013. In 2014, local law enforcement reported 606 heroin submissions to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab, a 400 percent increase since 2010.

Process

Orange County’s Heroin Task Force met for six months to complete its analysis, recommendations, and the development of an action plan that addresses this critical issue. An oversight advisory committee will help implement the 37 recommendations.

Contact Us

Carol Burkett
Director, Office for a Drug Free Community
Email: Carol.Burkett@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-7335