Florida urges those struggling with drugs, mental health to seek help


Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody recently urged residents who are struggling with depression, loneliness, or addiction to seek help and not turn to drug use.

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were reports nationwide of an increase in drug overdoses. These have been attributed to reduced staffing and hours at substance-abuse clinics; financial troubles and uncertainty; social distancing; self-medicating to avoid trips to the doctor’s office and pharmacy; and more users getting high alone and having no one to help in an overdose situation.

“Many Floridians are fighting two crises—the global COVID-19 pandemic and the national opioid crisis,” Moody said. “But just because we are under a statewide stay-at-home order does not mean those struggling with substance abuse disorder must suffer alone. Help is still available, even if some resources are not as conventional as before the pandemic. Virtual counseling and telemedicine are just a few of the newer expanded services permitted under executive orders recently issued to help Floridians stop the spread of COVID-19. Additional resources are available on our website DoseofRealityFL.com.”

Moody also urges parents to talk to their children about drug abuse.