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Broward Joins Project Opioid to Combat Growing Crisis

Broward County joined the statewide effort to develop and implement ways to reduce the prescription drug epidemic by launching Project Opioid Broward. The initiative will enable local government, business and community leaders to establish a county-wide coalition to provide resources for the epidemic impacting the entire state.

With stress and isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic leading to an increase in alcohol and drug abuse, 545 people in the county died in 2020 from January to September, a 24% increase over 2019, which was 22.3 per 100,000 population.

One of the deadliest opioids is fentanyl, which is often added to other drugs increasing the effect, leading to an overdose. With the epidemic impacting millions of Americans, the economic devastation nears $97.1 billion lost each year in gross regional product.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation will lead Project Opioid Broward along with the United Way of Broward County and The Florida Blue Foundation to implement action and raise awareness on the urgency of the crisis Broward faces.

For more information, visit Projectopioid.org.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.