opioids

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
The Florida Channel

A Florida Senator is urging Governor Rick Scott to allocate $20-million in reserve funds to opioid treatment and prevention.

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It’s been a tough week for the Florida Highway Patrol. Talk of speeding ticket quotas led to the resignation of a Troop Commander. But, the law enforcement agency is now trying to put that behind them, and move forward.

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This week South Carolina decided to sue the maker OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County CEO Alton Taylor
Florida Channel

A bipartisan panel of Florida lawmakers is reaching out to local agencies to improve the response to Florida’s opioid crisis.

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States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.  But the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials.

Sober Homes To Receive Stricter Guidelines

Jun 30, 2017
MGN Online

A new law to better control sober living homes in the Sunshine State goes into effect Saturday.

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The deadline is approaching for Florida’s governor to sign off on a bill aimed at tracking the use of addictive prescription drugs. Some medical professionals see the measure as key to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Nick Evans

Florida service providers are wasting no time taking advantage of nearly $30 million in federal money for addressing the opioid epidemic.

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Florida’s medical examiners are seeing a precipitous rise in fentanyl deaths.  They recently published their interim 2016 report on drug-related fatalities.

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A bill aimed at criminalizing the deadly drug fentanyl is heading to the Senate floor. The measure comes as the Legislature is struggling to respond to the state’s opioid crisis. But the plan has lawmakers questioning whether they should combat addiction with punishment or treatment.

Florida Channel

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and law enforcement agencies around the state are working to crack down on Florida’s opioid epidemic. The effort includes hosting a series of workshops and advocating for legislative fixes.

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President Trump has appointed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to a commission to help fight opioid abuse on a national level.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Both prescription and illegal opioids are driving a national spike in overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, they were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015. Florida has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-driven overdoses, up more than 20 percent.  Yet, lawmakers are still grappling with how to address the issue.

Kate Payne

Lawmakers are once again trying to combat Florida’s escalating opioid crisis. Across the country, patients with chronic pain are turning to heroin, or deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl. A scarcity of prescription drugs, after lawmakers cracked down and pill mills, combined with cheap street drugs, is a proving deadly combination.

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Insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent opioids could become the norm after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed off on a provision Friday. 

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Lawmakers are pushing a measure encouraging the use of abuse-resistant opioids.