The Governor declared state Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency addressing the many pleas to the government seeking an intervention. Rick Scott, the Governor took this decision after much contemplation and a long run meeting.
In a statement released by the Governor’s office, Rick said, “The individuals struggling with drug use are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends and each tragic case leaves loved ones searching for answers and praying for help.
“Families across our nation are fighting the opioid epidemic and Florida is going to do everything possible to help our communities.” He added.
The decision is likely to help out in curbing the crisis as after the declaration the state has access to $27 million in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This access is limited up to 2 years. These funds are assigned to deal with the crisis of heroin, fentanyl and OxyContin and their treatment across the state.
Talking to a radio channel, the Secretary to Department of Children and Families, Mike Carroll said that the money would be first allocated to the severely hit areas and then would be distributed further, where needed.
In a press release, he said, “I have had the opportunity to travel the state and hear directly from recovering addicts, parents who have lost their children and professionals on the front lines of this epidemic who have been working tirelessly to help those struggling in their own communities,”
Caroll expressed her gratitude and said that it was a great opportunity for him. He thanked Governor Scott for taking a fast step in addressing the issue and releasing immediate action instructions. Caroll also said that the funds would indeed help in the crisis and will provide much-needed resources to communities across the state.
Dr. Celeste Philip, Surgeon General has also been instructed to keep a standing order of Naloxone, by the Governor. Naloxone is a drug offered to firefighter, EMS Responders and Police to help people in emergency conditions suffering from an overdose.
The data reveals that a total of 33000 deaths were recorded in the state in 2015 out of which 3,900 deaths were caused due to opioid overdose.
Considering the alarming revelation from across the country, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics in its annual report reported the stats and also suggested an immediate action for the opioid crisis.
The report said, “The most urgent drug-related public health crisis within the United States remains the ongoing opioid epidemic,” “This long-developing epidemic, spurred originally by misuse of prescription opioids within the United States, is now increasingly fueled by heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, trafficked into the United States by transnational criminal networks.”
The revelations were shocking as the number of deaths caused by drug overdose, surpassed the number of deaths because of gun homicide in 2015.
The recovery centers experienced a significant rise in the number of admission as the number of people affected with opioid tripled in over two decades.
Although Alo house recovery has helped many addicts to become sober again, the rising number still remains a serious concern for the state that must be addressed as soon as possible.