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Opioid/Heroin Abuse in Central Florida

Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency For Opioid Epidemic

Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 17-146, declaring a state of emergency in Florida due to the danger of the consequences from an opioid epidemic.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaring a national opioid epidemic, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 17-146 directing a Public Health Emergency across the state. 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. Without the order, it would have taken months for the state to distribute these funds to local communities.   Read more


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