Sarasota Police Join Community Partners to Make Public Plea to Stop Heroin Epidemic

SARASOTA, FL. – September 21, 2016 – 3 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department will be holding a media availability tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., with our community partners, to address the current heroin epidemic in the City of Sarasota.

Since July 1, 2016, 43 people have overdosed on suspected heroin and other unknown drugs and of those 43 people, eight (8) people have died in the City of Sarasota.

“We’re seeing people selling fentanyl and carfentanil as heroin and cocaine. The users have no clue it’s not heroin or cocaine. People are dying in our community. We have to bring awareness to this crisis,” said Lt. Randy Boyd, Criminal Investigation Division, Sarasota Police Department.

The Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS), First Step of Sarasota and a graduate of First Step, will be making a public plea on Thursday to ask our community to come together to help create awareness of this deadly and destructive problem.

The following representatives will be speaking Thursday:
Sarasota Police Department: Lt. Randy Boyd, Criminal Investigation Division
Sarasota County Fire Department: Chief Carson Sanders, EMS Operations Division Chief
First Step of Sarasota: P.J. Brooks, Vice President of Outpatient and Youth Services
First Step of Sarasota Graduate: John

Media is asked to arrive at 9:15 a.m. for set up.