Looking ahead: Municipal elected officials are keenly aware of the devastating impact the opioid crisis has on our cities. Last year, opioid overdoses killed 582 people in Broward, with indications that this year’s record will easily double that number. Looking beyond the human toll caused by this crisis, we need to make sure we are planning for and providing the necessary tools to deal with challenges we are facing including training our first responders, Narcan availability, and education. Municipalities are working to identify solutions – including litigation against the drug manufacturers. We must stay vigilant in our efforts to deal with this epidemic. Read