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For 3 moms, addiction treatment kingpin’s sentencing is bittersweet

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

“Kenny was feeding them drugs and holding their meds from them,” said Michelle Curran, whose daughter, Mikaya Feucht, overdosed and died in a Boynton Beach motel while attending Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center in Broward County last year. “So in a sense, yeah, Kenny didn’t put the needle in their arm, but he in a way… Read More »

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After losing her daughter to fake drug ‘treatment,’ she now seeks to save others

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

MAY 10, 2017 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Five days after losing her daughter to a drug overdose in a South Florida sober home, Jennifer Flory found herself standing before a task force set up to investigate sober homes. “My daughter passed away on Thursday night and I’m coming here to get her stuff – and her – and… Read More »

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‘Finally,’ Scott declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Today I feel relief — relief that the voices of so many… Read More »

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Sober home cleanup bill on path to OK after dangling all week

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

With a heavy dose of local lobbying, the bill to crack down on bad sober homes survived a key calendar call Wednesday to make it to the Senate floor Thursday. It must pass the Senate twice before lawmakers stop hearing bills on Friday. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, whose task force shaped… Read More »

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Get a second opinion—doctors usually aren’t right the first time

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Even after four years of college, four of medical school, and three to seven more of residency, doctors still may not get diagnoses right on the first try. In fact, they’re more likely than not to be at least a little off. In a study published (paywall) April 4, researchers from the Mayo Clinic… Read More »

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WHY COPS SHOOT

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Chuck Wexler is the  executive director of a group of police executives who study issues like use of force. He said a full third of police shootings nationwide are cases in which the suspect was unarmed or cases where police could have avoided putting themselves in harm’s way, like unnecessarily standing in front of… Read More »

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County considers $1M for opioid fight

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Palm Beach County commissioners will consider a variety of options Tuesday to combat the rampaging opioid epidemic, including the hiring of a senior-level administrative staffer, creating two new positions with the Medical Examiner’s Office and pouring $1 million into a range of treatment programs. Those options are among the recommendations of a 72-page report… Read More »

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I knew who to call — but couldn’t save my daughter

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

One morning in November, while she was home getting ready for work, came a phone call that Easton had always dreaded — her adult daughter, Tasha McCraw, was dead of a suspected drug overdose. Tasha was 33. As the opioid crisis continues to claim thousands of lives, Easton’s struggles underscore the daunting challenges faced… Read More »

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‘Dime A Dozen,’ Overdose Crisis Rages In South Florida

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Delray Beach is at the epicenter of a South Florida overdose epidemic estimated to have claimed 1,000 lives last year. Medical examiners are still counting. Delray Beach Fire Rescue Chief Neal de Jesus brought in a stress management counselor to help his firefighters cope with the overdose deaths. “They’re seeing deaths at a rate… Read More »

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UPDATE: Ex-PBSO deputy bonds out of jail on patient-brokering charges

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

WEST PALM BEACH — A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy arrested Tuesday on patient-brokering charges has been released from the county jail. West Palm Beach police say Robert “Bobby” Simeone, 46, posted $45,000 bond late Tuesday, hours after his arrest. He is accused of paying two sober home owners hundreds of dollars a… Read More »

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