Florida task force discusses preventing opioid deaths

Florida task force discusses preventing opioid deaths

Florida’s Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse recently held a meeting to discuss prevention efforts.

The task force is in the process of developing a strategy to identify best practices to combat the opioid epidemic through prevention and recovery, treatment, education, and law enforcement efforts.

“Prevention is such a vital component in the fight to end the opioid crisis in Florida and save lives,” Attorney General Ashley Moody, the task force’s chairwoman, said. “We lose 15 people every day to opioid abuse, and that is why the work of our Statewide Task Force is so important. I want to thank Congressman Buchanan for joining us today, and for his commitment to fighting drug abuse through his work in our nation’s capital. I look forward to continuing to partner with local, state, and federal authorities to advance this important mission and save lives.”

The task force heard testimony from the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Health on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, the Community Coalition Alliance, Ernst & Young, and the Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort.

Speakers discussed educational requirements for school districts, current prescribing trends, identifying individuals with high-risk of addiction, building community coalitions, and providing information and resources for pregnant women on opioid abuse.