South Florida is in the midst of an overdose epidemic. Nearly 1700 people died of opioid overdoses in South Florida in 2016. Super-potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil – up to a 100 times stronger that heroin - are flooding the streets. The sheer number of overdoses is overwhelming police, firefighters, hospitals and morgues.
Compounding the problem, recovering drug users are flocking to South Florida from hundreds of miles away – drawn by a world-renowned drug treatment industry. Some land in good centers and find a path to recovery. Others fall victim to corrupt operators and wind up homeless, pimped out...or dead.