Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Monday: Buchanan Visits St. Joseph's Hospital-South

Mar 18, 2016
Press Release
Congressman to Discuss Heroin Epidemic with Hospital Leaders

Florida Overdose Deaths Skyrocket by 900% in Past 5 Years

SARASOTA — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, will visit St. Joseph’s Hospital-South to discuss efforts to combat the heroin epidemic on Monday, March 21 in Riverview, FL. Following the tour, there will be a press availability with Rep. Buchanan and Scott Smith, president of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South.

The visit comes on the heels of Buchanan’s announcement that he is co-sponsoring sweeping legislation aimed at cutting off the flow of heroin into the United States as well as expanding education, prevention, and treatment programs. Buchanan serves as Florida’s only member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Health Subcommittee. 

The number of heroin overdose deaths in Florida increased nine-fold, from 48 to 447, from 2010-2014, according to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission. Heroin is considered the most addictive substance in the world and is cheaper to obtain than prescription narcotics.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (H.R. 953) and the STOP ABUSE Act (H.R. 3719) represent a multipronged approach aimed at attacking the supply of drugs, preventing new victims through better education and helping those already addicted recover and lead productive lives. 

WHO: U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, FL-16.

             Scott Smith, President of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South 

WHAT: Tour of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South

WHEN: 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016.

WHERE: St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, 6901 Simmons Loop, Riverview, FL 33578.