ByChristine Sexton - News Service of Florida•Jan 23, 2018
The Florida House wants to target $50 million toward opioid treatment and prevention in the upcoming year and spend about $1 million on a statewide prescription-drug database, the top House health-care budget writer said Tuesday.
As the number of opioid overdoses continues to climb in Jacksonville, the city is funding a $1.4 million opioid intervention pilot program. The program started last Thursday, and so far four people have accepted the help.
More than a week after President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic; Florida lawmakers are considering implementing one of his federal recommendations on the state level.
Sunshine State leaders will decide whether to expand the use of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program during next year’s legislative session.
But one Jacksonville doctor says that measure is treating the wrong addiction crisis.
Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders signaled Tuesday that addressing Florida's deadly opioid epidemic will be a high-profile issue during the 2018 session, with Scott saying he will propose spending $50 million on programs such as drug treatment.
TALLAHASSEE — Facing pressure to address drug overdoses across the state, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi rolled out plans Tuesday for a series of workshops and gave support for legislation focused on opioids and drug abuse.