Opioid/Heroin Abuse in Central Florida
HEROES AGAINST HEROINE
The creation of the Heroes Against Heroin campaign was one of 37 targeted recommendations made by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Heroin Task Force in March 2016. This website provides critical educational and instructional material that informs and engages all citizens to be part of the effort to combat the impact of Heroin and opioid abuse in our community. Information available on the website will help visitors better understand the opioid abuse epidemic, learn about treatment resources for those dealing with addiction, and educate the community on how we can prevent substance use before it starts.
For the latest information and updates, please visit the Orange County Heroin Task Force website.
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