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Sun Sentinel
Pain medication prescriptions drop in South Florida but more needs to be done, CDC says
South Florida’s doctors are prescribing far less potentially addictive and deadly pain medication after a statewide crackdown, but the numbers are still too high, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Greater monitoring and new regulations aimed at shutting down pill mills in Florida more than halved per-person rates of opioid prescribing in Broward and Palm Beach counties from 2010 to 2015, according to CDC data obtained by the Sun Sentinel.

Palm Beach Post
Delray will sue Big Pharma for ‘scourge of opioid addiction’
The opioid epidemic has caused financial and emotional strain on the people of Delray Beach, and its leaders want accountability and restitution. That’s why the Delray Beach commission Tuesday decided to sue drug makers for the part they played in the heroin crisis. It is the first city in Florida to take such action.

TCPalm
Indian River County Hospital District proposes hefty budget and property tax increases
Indian River County property owners face higher Hospital District taxes in 2018 and part of the increase is to cover the costs of finding a cash-rich partner for publicly-owned Indian River Medical Center.  The typical county homeowner would pay roughly $11 more in property taxes to the county Hospital District in 2018 under a budget proposal approved Thursday.