Drug addiction spirals out of control as pandemic

Wednesday, August 5, 2020



We are seeing increased in Hillsborough County too.  I just finished up the DEN report for the state last week, and the numbers are showing increasing EMS response to overdose.  Hillsborough EMS/FR response across all first responder agencies:  first 6 months of 2019 - 732, first 6 months of 2020 - 1290.  

In Pasco County, calls for help are lighting up 911 switchboards. Deputies say between March and July of 2019, there were 121 calls for an overdose. This year, there were 570.

Last year, between March and June, there were 51 deaths. This year, there were 97.