U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped in Tallahassee Thursday to reiterate President Donald Trump’s commitment to addressing the opioid crisis. He says Trump included some “bold” goals when he unveiled a new three-pillar plan earlier this week.
Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions. Prescriptions for acute pain cases will receive up to a seven-day supply of opioid medication and enter the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) says this is only the beginning of a long battle.
After being delayed twice a proposal restricting physician prescribing powers for opioids is once again moving in the senate. It’s part of a wide-ranging proposal to address overdose deaths, which have jumped in Florida and across the nation in recent years.
Florida lawmakers want more people to be able to report drug or alcohol overdoses without fear of retaliation. The effort comes after the high-profile death of a college student, and as the state’s opioid-related deaths continue to rise.
Opioid abuse may grab the headlines, but drug related deaths overall are on the rise. And when it comes to helping people kick an addiction, one lawmaker believes Florida is rejecting some of the best people for the job.
Two Palm Beach prosecutors are calling on Congress to outlaw the kickbacks some patient brokers receive for connecting people with drug treatment. They believe those incentives encourage relapse rather than recovery.
More than fifty people gathered at the Leon County Public Library Monday evening to talk about combating the opioid crisis. The epidemic hasn’t hit Leon as hard as some other counties, but local leaders want to be ready.
The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse. But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?
Substance abuse experts and law enforcement officers are calling on lawmakers to bolster access to treatment for people battling opioid addiction. The biggest focus is on medication assisted treatments.
Florida’s law enforcement, emergency and mental health workers are struggling to cope with a rising tide of opioid overdoses. Lawmakers are looking for solutions ahead of the coming year’s legislative session.
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.
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.