As Palm Beach sheriff’s Capt. Eric Coleman scoured through the approximately 1,300 overdose reports that deputies responded to in 2016, he learned a 19-year-old named Joey was the youngest person to die.

Coleman told an audience Wednesday at the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations meeting that he spoke with Joey’s dad, who said his son had first overdosed in New York, then traveled to South Florida for treatment in October.

But after the dad took a flight to South Florida to take his son back home, he found Joey dead in a hotel room.

It’s the type of story Coleman says he hears often in Palm Beach County, as heroin overdoses ravage the area.

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