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Chris King picks up Nick Duran’s endorsement in Democrats’ governor race

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Chris King’s performance in the Democratic candidates’ gubernatorial forum earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale apparently won him the backing of at least one South Florida lawmaker, state Rep. Nicholas Duran of Miami. Duran, a freshman who emerged in this year’s Legislative Session as a leading voice for the Democrats on health care policy and anti-addition policy, announced his endorsement of King Wednesday morning, through King’s campaign. “Chris’s performance during the Gubernatorial Forum last week confirmed what I’ve known for…

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Rick Scott, Pam Bondi announce campaign targeting opioid crisis

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Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi announced an initiative against Florida’s “opioid crisis” Tuesday, calling upon the Legislature to help with tougher penalties and cracking down on sham “sober houses.” But Scott stopped short of declaring an opioid state of emergency. “We fought the pill mills, but now our challenge is bigger than ever,” Bondi said, flanked by representatives of sheriffs’, police, and fire departments, plus the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in the state Capitol. Scott said…

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Gary Mendell: Life-saving measure passes Florida Legislature to combat drug overdoses

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Florida lawmakers passed a life-saving measure which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. The newly passed legislation will drastically diminish a tragic and far-too-common occurrence – death resulting from a drug overdose. This public health crisis has, up until now, burdened the citizens and communities of Florida. My organization, Shatterproof, would like to applaud this momentous achievement and urge Florida’s continued progress toward policies aimed at mitigating addiction. Thousands of lives will be saved next year because…

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