Opioids and Drugs Tampa

Hillsborough County To Hold Summit To Address Opioid Crisis

Opioids and Drugs Tampa

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Opioids have had a devastating impact on communities across the state and country, including Hillsborough County.

Addiction and overdoses have soared in recent years, leaving behind lost lives and devastated families and taxing the resources of hospitals, recovery centers, law enforcement, the judicial system, and first responders.

In an effort to provide information and share resources with local organizations that deal with the impact of the opioid crisis, Hillsborough County has organized “Opioid Summit 2023 – Fighting for the Future of Florida Families.”

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The goal is to provide the latest research, data, and techniques to help create impactful policies, strategies, and processes that can be used by those on the front lines of the opioid crisis.

The summit will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St., Tampa, FL 33610. 

Presenters will discuss the opioid crisis from the perspectives of behavioral health and recovery, policy and resources, law enforcement/judicial, and health care systems, including first responders.

A partial list of speakers includes:

  • Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
  • Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris
  • Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister
  • Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Quality Management Chief Prudencio Vallejo
  • Tampa Police Department Interim Chief Lee Bercaw
  • State Attorney Susan Lopez
  • Hillsborough County Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta
  • Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Chief Toxicologist Julia Pearson
  • Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County Director Dr. Douglas Holt
  • Brian Fuehrlein, Md, Ph.D. – Yale Associate Professor and director of psychiatric emergency room with Connecticut Veterans Administration
  • Leaders of the major hospitals and federally qualified health systems operating in Hillsborough County and of many of the major addiction and recovery centers

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