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Opioid Task Force Proposal Advances

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Florida lawmakers want to create a task force to crackdown on the state’s opioid epidemic.

Merrit Island Republican Representative Tyler Sirois(Sa-Roy) introduced a task force bill in committee Tuesday He says the opioid epidemic continues to be a major conflict.

“By the end of today 17 more Floridians will die, will perish due to the opioid epidemic," said Sirois.

The task force would consist of 25 people working to identify best strategies, and the problems that are leading to the epidemic. Member would be expected to submit a report to lawmakers by 2022.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.