Law enforcement raises awareness of drug overdoses

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Ocala police are rolling out a new safety initiative. With the help from mapping software, OPD will now be alerting the public when there is an overdose spike in Marion County.

This information will be shared on the agency's Facebook and Twitter pages when there is a spike in the number of cases officers are responding to.

Officials said that a spike is three or more overdoses within a 24 hour period.

This comes in partnership with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security.

"The goal here is just to keep the conversation going about addiction. Addiction itself is not a crime but it leads to crimes and that's what we combat and just to remember that there are people and families suffer from this in our county,” OPD Public Information Officer, Corie Byrd said.

No personal information will be giving out through the alerts, it's just going to be number-based officials add.

Officials also want residents to keep in mind that when these alerts go out, that it is accounting for overdoses in the entire county, not just the city.