The chiefs of the Ocala Police Department and Ocala Fire Rescue gave details about the ongoing opioid crisis during a recent meeting of the Ocala City Council.
Ocala Police Department chief Greg Graham indicated that through 2019, there have been 130 overdoses and 17 deaths. Graham indicated that the most recent death was a suicide by way of intentional overdose.
Graham credited NARCAN with saving 35 people, and stated that as of October 15, 167 people have participated in the police department’s amnesty program.
Ocala Fire Rescue chief Shane Alexander stated that during the months of September and October, fire units responded to 23 opioid incidents with no deaths and 2 leave behinds.
For more information on the amnesty program, visit the Ocala Police Department website.