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Gwen Graham's workday: Examining opioids in Volusia - News - Daytona Beach News-Journal Online - Daytona Beach, FL Gwen Graham's workday: Examining opioids in Volusia - News - Daytona Beach News-Journal Online - Daytona Beach, FL

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Gwen Graham's workday: Examining opioids in Volusia


Jan 11, 2018 at 8:45 PM Jan 11, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Mark Harper @markharper36

DELTONA -- Around a table, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood quizzed his commanders and lieutenants, running through rashes of burglaries, car thefts and a tragic case involving a 2-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool.

Gwen Graham, the leading Democrat in the race for Florida governor, sat nearby, listening and jotting down notes.

The 54-year-old former congresswoman from Tallahassee spent the day in Volusia County Thursday, meeting with Chitwood at his CompStat meeting, touring neighborhoods in Deltona and DeLand, lunching with command staffers and visiting crime analysts and dispatchers. Oh, and there was a helicopter ride that aided deputies in a heroin arrest.

Thursday was Gwen Graham's 49th "workday," a shift devoted to meeting the folks she wants to serve, learning more about the issues she wants to grapple, a campaign tribute to her father. Bob Graham tackled 408 workdays starting when he first ran for governor in 1978 and continuing through his career in the U.S. Senate, ending in 2005.

Gwen Graham's workdays have included packaging ice cream in Marianna, shadowing a high school student in Lynn Haven and visiting an addiction treatment center in Boca Raton.

She had previously taken the position that the state should be aggressively suing the pharmaceutical industry, seeking damages for the ravages of the opioid crisis, which caused Volusia County emergency workers to deploy 700 doses of Narcan, a drug that helps pull through patients teetering toward an overdose.

While those saves and other tactics to alleviate methamphetamine and pain pills have been successful, Chitwood and his lieutenant who oversees narcotics investigations, Benyamin Yisrael, described a problem that persists by taking a different form every couple of years or so.

Heroin has made a comeback, and they said the opioids they're now seeing are cut with fentanyl, an opioid that's considered 75 times stronger than morphine and is proving deadlier.

Need for treatment

Yisrael drove Graham around parts of Deltona and DeLand, pointing out problem areas and methods he and his detectives and deputies employ to fight the problem.

"We can't arrest our way out of it," Yisrael said. "We need help on the treatment side."

"Exactly," Graham agreed.

Chitwood said one of the local drug-treatment agencies, Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, saw its funding for drug treatment cut by 40 percent last year. “They had to turn away 1,600 people,” Chitwood said.

And for the first time in Graham's lifetime, average life expectancy has dropped in two consecutive years -- a result of the opioid deaths. The National Center for Health Statistics reported the average life expectancy for U.S. citizens in 2016 was 78.6, down from 78.9 in 2014.

“This is a real crisis. People die every day,” Graham said. “So we need to be working together. We need to provide more beds for those who face addiction, private and public beds, and treatment programs that are not cookie-cutter treatment programs -- treatment program that are specified for that individual so that that individual has the best chance to overcome addiction. That's what I've been learning."

Gov. Rick Scott, who recently proposed his eighth and final budget before a term limit forces his exit, is seeking $53 million to combat the opioid problem in the current legislative session.

Leading the field

Graham led the field of Democrats in a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll released Thursday, with 14 percent support. She was followed by former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine with 7, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with 6 and Winter Park businessman Chris King with 1. Almost two in three Democrats said they were undecided.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam led the Republican field with 23 percent to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis' 18, with fully half of GOP voters undecided.

Graham campaign officials say they hope to return to Volusia County again for another workday this year. She wants to spend a day at Daytona International Speedway.

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Tyranny of Experts
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