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Charge - Opioid Epidemic. Project Save Lives has been successful in reducing opioid related deaths as well as calls for service from JFRD. It is important that we continue to ensure the success of this program. I am asking this new committee to monitor the progress of the opioid epidemic and recommend suggestions for improvement and/or expansion of program Project Save Lives. It will remain the legislative body's vehicle in fighting the opioid crisis while working hand in hand with members of the Opioid Abuse Prevention Committee established by ordinance 2019-56-E.

Background - On July 21, 2017 the City Council established a Special Committee on the Opioid Epidemic. On July 6, 2018 on October 22, 2019 and on July 1, 2021, the special committee was extended. This committee with the help and guidance of professionals from the substance abuse organizations and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) developed a pilot program called Project Save Lives. This program is dedicated to assisting patients with severe addiction. Since its inception Project Save Lives has proved to drastically reduce the number of opioid related deaths.

Vaping - Make recommendations in regards to vaping or use of electronic cigarettes. Provide updates on the vaping and use of electronic cigarettes, public service announcements, and the success of the City’s campaign to educate youth on the dangers of vaping.

Mental Health Resources - Mental Health Resources and awareness resources are important tools. This Committee will provide a survey of the City and State funds and the recipient agencies thereof, and provide a summary of city and state mental health resources.

Deadline - The Special Committee on Opioid Epidemic, Vaping and Mental Health Resources is tasked to report its findings and recommendations and any suggested legislation in regard to these topics by June 30, 2022.

Committee Members

Ronald B. Salem, Pharm. D. - Chair
Michael Boylan - Vice Chair

Terrance Freeman
Ju'Coby Pittman
Randy DeFoor
Randy White

Committee Staff

Juliette Williams, Legislative Assistant
Office of the City Council
117 W. Duval St., Suite 430
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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October 14, 2021

Committee Meeting
City Hall
117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor
Council Chamber
Notice | Agenda | Video 

September 16, 2021

Committee Meeting
City Hall
117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor
Council Chamber
Notice | Agenda | Minutes | Video 

August 11, 2021

Committee Meeting
City Hall
117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor
Council Chamber
Notice | Agenda | Minutes | Attendance | Public Comment Cards | Video 



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