Florida creates program to fight opioid use


Florida recently used $5 million in U.S. Department of Labor funding to create a pilot program to address the health and economic impacts of substance and opioid use.

The program, Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development, will provide recovery and supportive services, career training, and employment services.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will work with community partners to address the economic effects. Partners include law enforcement, opioid consortia, medical and treatment facilities, local governments, workforce development boards, educational institutions, and community-based organizations.

“The Department of Economic Opportunity is honored to be a part of their solution to help Floridians regain their lives after battling substance and opioid abuse,” Dane Eagle, DEO executive director, said. “We look forward to working with our partners across the state to provide Floridians with opportunities to gain necessary skills towards gainful employment, benefiting themselves and their families, and helping in Florida’s economic recovery.”

Career training will be provided to new and current employees in the substance-abuse recovery, mental health, and medical fields.

The Florida Office of Drug Control was established in 2019 using funding from the federal funding State Opioid Response Project.

DEO also was awarded a Dislocated Worker Grant to provide employment opportunities to people recovering from opioid abuse.