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What Does Florida’s New Office of Drug Control Mean for Residents?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced that the state’s Office of Drug Control will be re-established with a specific task force aimed at dealing with the current opioid crisis. So what does this mean for Floridians?

Former Governor Jeb Bush created the Office of Drug Control in the late ‘90s as one of his first acts as governor. Over 10 years later, Governor Rick Scott dismantled the office despite a growing opioid epidemic. Now, Governor DeSantis acknowledges that we need an office to combat this crisis, and the need now is greater than ever.

Opioid Task Force

Attorney General Ashley Moody has been appointed as the chair of the statewide task force, working to develop strategies and recommendations. Moody stated that in Florida alone, 17 people are lost to opioid addiction every day. In response to this crisis, the state has secured an additional $26 million in federal funding to combat this statewide crisis.

Working Together

Local government offices around Florida are working within their communities to find out more about how people become new users, as well as the most effective ways to deter addiction.With the increase in funding and awareness, there is hope that those people and organizations working to combat this epidemic will have the tools and resources needed to help not only in undercutting opioid addiction pathways but also towards prevention efforts.

Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or admissions@tpoftampa.com.