Last month, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force, gave an update on the county’s opioid crisis at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

This month, Gov. Rick Scott and state Attorney General Pam Bondi announced plans to solicit feedback from the public on how to combat the crisis, but refused to label the epidemic a public health crisis, as many requested he do in order to obtain federal funding.

At the meeting, Aronberg described the heroin/opioid epidemic, along with shady sober home operators, as “the No. 1 criminal justice issue facing Palm Beach County and, in my opinion, the state of Florida.”

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