Dave talks to us about the Opioid crisis in South Florida and what he is doing to help the problem, Sober Homes, How to find the right Drug treatment center and what warning signs you should look about for bad ones, Florida Voter Rights Amendment 4, Criminal Justice Reform and more.
July 14, 2018
Dave Aronberg was elected State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit in November 2012 and re-elected without opposition in 2016. He is a former Assistant Attorney General, White House Fellow and Florida Senator.
As State Attorney, Aronberg leads a team of 120 prosecutors and 220 professional staff in five offices throughout Palm Beach County. Aronberg’s leadership has led to a significant increase in conviction rates for both felonies and misdemeanors, a decrease in the number of juveniles direct filed into adult court, and a greatly improved working relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Aronberg’s Sober Home Task Force has received national attention for targeting fraud and abuse in Palm Beach County’s drug treatment centers and for leading the fight against the opioid epidemic. In July 2016, he created a Sober Homes Task Force that has made more than 50 arrests for patient brokering and insurance fraud in the rehab industry, and has led to new Florida laws and regulations that have become the model for other states. Aronberg’s efforts convinced Google to restrict advertisements and improve screening for addiction treatment. As opioid deaths continue to rise nationally, Palm Beach County experienced a 62% decrease in opioid overdose deaths in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year.
Dave Aronberg was born in Miami. He attended public schools before going on to graduate with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After graduation, he worked in the litigation department of a large South Florida law firm while also working closely with then Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson to investigate European insurance companies that refused to honor World War II-era policies sold to victims of the Holocaust. In 2000, Aronberg was selected to be one of 15 White House Fellows from across the country. In this nonpartisan position, he served in two presidential administrations as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury Department for international money laundering, including the laundering of terrorist assets.