When it comes to flakka addiction–or drug addiction of any kind–the news often isn’t very good. Yet there are many success stories, usually involving people who complete drug rehab programs.
Newly released flakka abuse statistics tell a different kind of success story. The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that flakka-related cases are significantly down all over Broward County.
Local law enforcement officials deserve a round of applause for formulating and applying effective solutions to the problem of flakka abuse. Yet they are quick to point out that their work is just beginning.
“We had a crisis,” conceded Lt. Ozzy Tianga of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “By no means is it 100 percent gone, but the numbers speak for themselves.”
The numbers are most definitely encouraging. Drug treatment centers, emergency room visits, and police records throughout Broward County indicate a substantial reduction in flakka abuse – approximately 80 percent across the board from just six months ago.
While Flakka’s availability has been reduced, the powerful opiate fentanyl has gained momentum. The assault on Flakka abuse is a step in the right direction however, and it provides a road map on how to address Florida’s fentanyl abuse problem.
In a recent post on flakka addiction, there was a brief description on how flakka–and other synthetic drugs such as bath salts, molly, spice and fentanyl–were ending up in the hands of South Florida residents via the Chinese mainland. Florida drug enforcement officials decided to go right to the source.
Florida’s Flakka Addiction Begins in China
Representatives from the Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Springs police departments teamed up with DEA agents and visited China in November. There, they met with the US ambassador to discuss Florida’s flakka scourge.
It was part of a multi-pronged effort to reduce flakka addiction in South Florida. The process included:
- Cooperating with the Chinese government and encouraging China’s ban on Alpha-PVP, flakka’s main component.
- Helping draft new laws based on the overall psychoactive effects of drugs, rather than their specific chemical makeup, which can be easily altered.
- Working with the Flakka Community Action Team (now called the Community Response Team).
- Partnering with the Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse to extend community outreach.
Most importantly, Broward County officials treat addiction like the disease that it is, rather than purely a crime. Instead of automatically arresting people, police in South Florida often place flakka addicts into drug and alcohol treatment programs as opposed to jail cells. The results are obviously encouraging.
Fentanyl addiction fills the void
While flakka use is on the decline, “fentanyl is the next big thing,” declared Broward County Medical Examiner Craig Mallak in a recent email on fentanyl addiction, according to the Sun-Sentinel. He would know; his office often handles multiple fatal fentanyl overdoses in the course of any given day.
Like flakka, the fentanyl on the streets of South Florida often originates from overseas. The reduction in flakka abuse provides a blueprint for success for the Broward County Sherriff’s office:
- Go to the source of the problem and reduce the supply
- Support logical legislation written to cast a wide net
- Use community outreach to interact directly with those affected by fentanyl abuse
- Use fentanyl rehab instead of jail sentences to help curb fentanyl addiction cases
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