Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, as a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I voted for a comprehensive plan to better combat drug abuse in our country and save lives. Our commission unanimously approved its final report that includes 65 strategic recommendations.
I have been honored to serve on the commission and I want to thank President Donald J. Trump for his leadership on this critical public safety issue—quickly creating this commission and declaring a national public health emergency to help address the opioid crisis.
The opioid crisis is the nation’s most lethal public health epidemic in our history—175 deaths a day. Addiction is a disease, and the report acknowledges this reality. We must dramatically expand drug treatment, change pain management practices to include non-opioid pain management treatments, do a better job of interdicting the supply of heroin and fentanyl into our country and implement a national prevention campaign, among other things. Our report lays the groundwork for such a comprehensive response by our nation to the opioid and drug abuse epidemic.
Our report provides a road map for all stakeholders involved that can be used to fight this epidemic and, as a commission, we hope for swift implementation of these recommendations. Working together, we can save lives and heal families.
More Than 5,500 Previously Unprocessed Sexual Assault Kits Tested
Attorney General Pam Bondi is highlighting Florida’s most recent progress in the state’s efforts to test the thousands of sexual assault kits that are not processed. The latest Sexual Assault Kit Progress Report, published this week by Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that 5,540 previously unprocessed kits have been tested as part of Florida’s efforts to eliminate the backlog of unprocessed sexual assault kits. As of September 2017, DNA from these kits have produced 1,373 CODIS hits. This latest progress report shows the state is on track to reach its goal of processing 8,600 kits by June 2019. More.
Heroin and Fentanyl Trafficking Ring Dismantled
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Daytona Beach Police Department and other local and federal law enforcement agencies announced the take down of a massive heroin trafficking ring in the Volusia County area. According to the investigation, the drug trafficking organization is responsible for distributing two to three kilograms of heroin per month, some containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Today authorities obtained arrest warrants for 19 individuals in connection to the organization and search warrants for five locations in Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Palm Coast.
“Using fentanyl just one time can kill–and that is why it is vital that we continue to aggressively investigate drug trafficking and remove these substances from our streets,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I firmly believe this investigation saved lives and I am grateful for each law enforcement officer who worked to seize these deadly drugs before they could be sold in our state.” More.
Georgia Resident Arrested for Exploiting Elderly Pensacola Resident
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office announced arrest of a Georgia man for exploiting an elderly and disabled resident in an assisted living facility in Pensacola. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received a tip regarding this illegal activity from the Florida Department of Children and Families hotline.
According to the MFCU investigation, Credell Michael Wingate, 44, had power of attorney for the resident and spent more than $31,000 of the victim’s private funds, violating the statutory fiduciary duty requirements of a POA. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi on Fox and Friends discussing efforts to combat the national opioid epidemic and national security. To watch the interview, click here.
Attorney General Bondi in Washington D.C. for the final meeting of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis at the White House. To watch the full meeting, click here.