Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady recently issued a proclamation establishing August “as a month of awareness, training, and action regarding opioids, and treatment for opioid use disorder” in the state.
The Office of the State Courts Administrator will offer court staff, judges, magistrates, and partners resources throughout the month while the Florida Courts Opioid Initiative will provide resources and activities.
The initiative works to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and determine effective ways to address it through family courts and problem-solving courts.
During August, five virtual workshops will be held on opioids and the courts; e-learning modules and an online education resource platform will be made available to the public; an outreach plan will raise awareness for opioid-related problems and solutions, and court services; and Florida’s 70 Circuit Champions will participate in training, self-study, and leadership activities.
Circuit Champions are judges and court staff who have agreed to become local experts on opioids and medication-assisted treatment.
In September, the Circuit Champions will be consulted on technical assistance needs and training. They also will be provided with resources to address these issues.
More people die from accidental opioid overdose in the United States than from traffic fatalities, according to the National Safety Council.