According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2003 to 2009 16,550 people died of a drug overdose in Florida.

Also according to the CDC study, each year saw more fatalities than the one before. 

Drug related deaths in Florida are reaching epidemic proportions.

As a former prosecutor Senator Sachs knows the importance of including law enforcement in the legislative process and she worked hard to craft a law that was supported by drug treatment professionals and law enforcement agencies alike.