Bay County's sheriff addresses opioid crisis with state lawmakers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford was in Tallahassee Thursday to speak with lawmakers about the opioid problem in Florida.

Sheriff Ford talked about the problems the state is seeing with the drugs fentanyl and heroin and then broke it down for Bay County. According to Sheriff Ford, Bay County EMS has used Narcan more than 500 times this year and responds to about 37 overdose calls a month.

"Bay County has few options available for inpatient treatment and I feel we need to increase innovative treatment in county jails and prisons as well. The population is a captive audience and has gone through detoxification and, if you will, room and board is already covered whether treatment occurs or not," he said.

In May, Sheriff Ford gave deputies Narcan to carry and so far deputies have had to use the drug 24 times.