FL State of Affairs so Dire, Governor Rick Scott Declares Public Health Emergency
Governor Rick Scott has publicly cautioned the public about the growing opioid problems Floridians face before, but today, he issued a statewide public health emergency. This comes after local leaders placed pressure on Scott to alert the public to the growing concern.
In 2015, the opioid crisis resulted in 216 heroin overdoses in Palm Beach County and a staggering, all-time high 590 deaths in 2016. Many people hope the Governor’s declaration will help take meaningful steps toward fighting the opioid epidemic.
The Palm Beach Post notes, “Scott’s decision came after the last of four state workshops on the opioid crisis this morning in Duval County.”
The paper further explains, “By signing the Emergency Order, it will allow the state to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Opioid State Targeted Response Grant which was awarded to Florida on April 21 to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services.”
Governor Scott commented, “I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance abuse can be to a family because it impacted my own family growing up. 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.”
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