Heroin: Wellington urges Gov. Rick Scott to declare a Public Health Emergency

Wellington recently joined the list of municipalities and counties to ask Gov. Rick Scott to declare a Public Health Emergency to aid in the fight against opioids, saying the deaths are comparable to AIDS in the 1990s.

The letter, dated March 3, cited the increasing numbers of heroin-related deaths locally and the rising costs of NARCAN, a drug to battle overdoses. Four of five council members signed it, but Mayor Anne Gerwig did not.

Martin County and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinley have both sent similar letters to Scott.

Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)