At least 2 overdoses reported at Hurricane Irma shelters

State Attorney Dave Aronberg said sober homes are not legally required to notify the shelters when they drop off recovering addicts


By EMS1 Staff

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — County officials said at least two people staying in Hurricane Irma shelters have overdosed.

WPTV reported that firefighters were working to determine the number of overdoses, but confirmed two, according to reporters staying at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center.

County sources said the shelters are receiving a large amount of individuals from sober homes.

“Since sober homes are unlicensed and unregulated in the state of Florida, they are not required to notify shelters when they drop off recovering addicts,” State Attorney Dave Aronberg said.

The shelters have been equipped with extra naloxone and are aware of the issue.

“If you are staying at a shelter, do not be alarmed,” Aronberg said. “These shelters are very well run, and have a lot of law enforcement on site.”

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