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Pain, pain, go away: Finding a middle ground in Florida’s opioid epidemic

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Opioid abuse is a growing medical problem in the nation and in Florida. In 2015, 52,404 Americans died as a result of drug abuse, or about 142 individuals every day. This makes opioid abuse a greater killer than automobile accidents or gun-inflicted homicides and suicides. About one-third of the deaths are from opioids prescribed by physicians. For several years, Florida led the nation in opioid deaths. I-75 was known as the “Oxy Express,” because so many out-of-state residents headed to…

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Mary Jo Melone: A day for forgetting

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The coals in the backyard grill are cold, and the beer cans have been recycled. The patriotic songs are over, and the hyper-inflated political speeches are done. Memorial Day has passed. There is no more contradictory day on the calendar, no day when so much oratorical fiction replaces those disturbances called facts. Here’s what we say:  Memorial Day is for remembrance, for the living and dead, who served and did what they were called upon to do, no matter the…

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Les Miller will challenge Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White in 2010

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From PoHo: Long-rumored and believed to be dropped early to beat Tampa City Councilman Thomas Scott to the punch, here is Democratic politico Les Miller’s formal announcement that he will run for Hillsborough County Commission. It will be a lively Democratic primary, even if Scott doesn’t run: FORMER SENATOR LES MILLER TO RUN FOR COUNTY COMMISSION TAMPA – Former State Senator Lesley “Les” Miller has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission, District 3. Miller’s entry into the race will…

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