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Overdose deaths up from last year across Central Florida

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — As the pandemic battle waged on, the war on opioid abuse never ended.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said nationwide, overdose deaths are up 30% in the last year.

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Seminole County has already surpassed the total number of overdose deaths from 2020. And with more than a month to go before the end of the year, officials said they don’t see the trend going down.

Sheriff Dennis Lemma said they had a handle on the issue, then the pandemic struck.

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Last year, the sheriff’s office reported 103 overdose deaths. So far this year, there have been 107.

In Orange County, there have been 224 overdose deaths this year compared to 202 the same time last year.

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Volusia County said it’s not seeing the same numbers, but the majority of the overdose deaths in all three counties are linked to dangerous fentanyl.

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Jeff Levkulich

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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