Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will testify about the efforts of the Heroin Task Force at a National Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday in Washington D.C., conducted by U.S. Rep. John Mica of Florida Congressional District 7.

The hearing is intended to address the heroin epidemic in Central Florida, but also in the entire United States, according to a press release.

“Throughout the nation and my community, heroin deaths have skyrocketed,” Mica is quoted as saying in the press release. “I have invited Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to testify about her Heroin Taskforce and work to keep Central Florida from being torn apart by heroin abuse. We must keep people from dying from skyrocketing heroin and drug overdoses.”

The Heroin Task Force concluded last week after eight months of data-collection and investigation. The reason for its existence was the sharp rise in heroin-related deaths, from 19 in 2011 to over 100 last year, according to the Ninth District Medical Examiner’s Office.

The task force agreed on a list of recommendations to help solve the problem, which can be found at ocfl.net/heroin.

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