Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaration that opioid abuse has become a national epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida Wednesday.
The declaration opens up $27 million in federal funds for the state to use in prevention, treatment and recovery services News Service of Florida reports.
“I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance abuse can be to a family because it impacted my own family growing up,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “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.”
In addition to state funds, Florida pharmacists can also dispense naloxone to emergency responders. This drug combats the effects of opioid overdose.
For more information on opioid abuse in Florida and what the declaration means pick up the May 11 edition of the Navarre Press or subscribe.