Opioid Crisis Renews Florida’s War on Drugs
They keep coming back for more. Nationwide the war on drugs has de-escalated, with focus shifting toward rehabilitation rather than punishment. But a rash of deaths linked to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone — nearly 4,000 in 2015 alone — has led Florida lawmakers to double down on incarceration-heavy policies, recently adding new drugs to its list of those with mandatory minimum prison sentences. Meanwhile, critics of Florida’s approach say the Sunshine State is repeating the mistakes of the past, targeting minorities and the poor without decreasing drug usage.