Office of the State Attorney
Michael J. Satz, State Attorney
17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County FL
FOSTER CARE INVESTIGATION
SPRING TERM 2001
Your Grand Jury has met 28 times and heard testimony from 102 witnesses in conducting a review of foster care and related matters of the child welfare system here in Broward County. A previous Grand Jury, the 1998 Spring Term Grand Jury, conducted a similar investigation. Its report identified and discussed many of the problems and shortcomings which have been plaguing the system in Broward County for many years. The 1998 Spring Term Grand Jury also expressly requested a subsequent Grand Jury determine what, if any, progress has been made since that report. Here is our report.
THE PROLIFERATION OF
PAIN CLINICS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
SPRING TERM 2009
Pill Mills are afflicting the health and welfare of the citizens of our community. Here in Broward County, Florida, Pill Mills have proliferated at an alarming rate.
Your Grand Jury was empanelled to investigate and review why Pill Mills are proliferating in South Florida, what effect they are having on the community, how Broward County has become a major source of Oxycodone and what can be done to protect the public from the dangers that may be caused by Pill Mills.
SYNTHETIC DRUG INVESTIGATION
JULY - DECEMBER 2015
During the spring and summer of 2015, Broward County, Florida was inundated with news reports-about the bizarre behavior of individuals using a new drug. This chemical substance is known locally as "Flakka". The chemical names for this drug are Alpha Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, or Alpha Pyrrolidinovalerophenone, which is frequently shortened to "alpha-PVP".
Foster Care Investigation
The Proliferation of Pain Clinics in South Florida
Synthetic Drug Investigation
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