Rick Scott Declares Florida Under State of Emergency for Opioid Epidemic

Rick Scott Declares Florida Under State of Emergency for Opioid EpidemicOn Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott officially declared a state of emergency in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic in the state which has already claimed thousands of lives.

Executive Order 17-146 allows the state of Florida to access almost $30 million in federal funding provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Florida was awarded the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant on April 21, which is designated to provide prevention workshops, treatment, resources and support services for addicts and their families. In addition to the declaration of the public health emergency, a standing order for the opioid overdose treatment medication Naloxone will be ordered by Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. This order will assure that immediate access is granted to first responders so they can save lives when they encounter and opioid overdose case.

I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance abuse can be to a family because it impacted my own family growing up. Families across our nation are fighting the opioid epidemic and Florida is going to do everything possible to help our families. FL Gov. Rick Scott

 The Opioid Addiction Crisis in Florida and Across the Country

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 involved an opioid, and an estimated 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose.

Florida has seen a surge in opioid overdose deaths over the last few years, and it’s only getting worse.

  • According to information published by the Florida Behavioral Health Association, 2,538 Florida residents died as a direct result of opioid use
  • In Miami Dade County, FL at least 236 people overdosed from heroin or fentanly or both (2015-Nov 2016)
  • 2016 Fentanyl cases in Broward County, FL increased by 215% compared to the previous year
  • Fentanly was responsible for 700 deaths in the state of Florida in 2016
  • 4,855 opioid overdoses were reported from January to October 2016 in Balm Beach County, FL
  • 10 people in Palm Beach County died of an opioid overdose in just ONE day last March
  • Heroin overdoses more than quadrupled in Sarasota County from 2013 to 2015

How Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on Florida’s Opioid Epidemic

Florida lawmakers have taken this opportunity to propose certain measures designed to address the opioid crisis in the state.

Among these proposed measures are a law that would put fentanly (a synthetic opioid drug 100 more powerful than morphoine) on the same level as heroin. This would make the penalties for users and dealers much more severe.

Other laws proposed include cracking down on sober living homes the produce false advertising in order to acquire more patients, and a bill that would place more restrictions on how medical professional prescribe painkillers, and would require pharmacies to report to a state database when a controlled substance is dispensed at the end of each business day.

Getting Help from an Accredited Opioid Addiction Treatment Center

At Get Treatment, we are dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders. Opioid addiction, in particular, has become all too common. In order to effectively treat opioid dependence, patients in a rehab center must receive the proper care and intervention protocols. This includes medical detoxification, with the support and supervision and health care professionals who can administer the appropriate and safe medications for withdrawal.

Detox must be combined with a comprehensive and tailored treatment plan that addresses the underlying causes of the addiction, and help patients acquire new and healthy coping techniques to deal with triggers and avoid a relapse. At Get Treatment, we can help you find a top-rated and licensed addiction treatment center for you or someone you love. We work with treatment centers across the country, and can help you locate the perfect rehab program to fir your unique needs for recovery. To get started, dial 855-638-9268 and speak to one of our caring admissions specialists today.

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Erica Loret de Mola


Erica Loret de Mola is a communications major who has been writing about addiction treatment for approximately three years. As content manager and editor in chief of Get Treatment, she strives to provide the most accurate and current information available to our clients.


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