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Florida Governor Rick Scott calls boy's opioid death 'devastating'

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 16:42:05-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott used the word “devastating” several times to describe the death of a 10-year-old Miami boy who had a highly-potent opioid in his system.

During a news conference in Boca Raton, the governor said the death of Alton Banks motivates him to keep opioid-based drugs off the streets. “I have daughters and grandchildren. I cannot imagine losing one of them. To lose a young child like this has to be devastating for the family.”

Governor Scott pointed out the state just passed tighter laws and received funding from the federal level to tackle opioid problems.

But he admitted more needs to be done.