Find Local Treatment Options
Call 888-646-0635 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.Who Answers?

New Laws in Florida Fight Opioid Addiction

Governor Rick Scott signed a new bill into law on Monday, March 19, 2018 that is meant to aid the fight against opioid addiction. Among the changes, the new law will make in the Sunshine State are a $65 million allocation in state funds to fighting the opioid epidemic and a restriction on opioid prescriptions to 3 days per prescription per patient. This means patients who want to or need to be on opioids for more than 3 days will require special permission from their doctor if they are going to receive a medication for more than this time period.

Limiting the prescription times, according to Governor Scott will help to minimize the number of individuals becoming dependent on and addicted to opioids every day. Also, the bill will provide more individuals with the treatment they require to safely recover from addiction if they have already been affected by it. Manatee County was the site of the law’s signing because there is already a particularly serious substance abuse problem in this county.

Opioid Deaths and Florida

Florida is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, as evidenced by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of drug overdose deaths in the state increased by 22.7 percent. Over the next year, these deaths increased by 46.3 percent. Both of these increases were statistically significant as stated by the CDC, and both were largely caused by the serious opioid abuse situation in the state.

Many people still abuse prescription drugs like those that will be affected by the new bill, but unfortunately, a large amount of the opioid-abusing population has moved on to fentanyl and heroin abuse. The latter is a dangerous, addictive, and illicit drug that people often turn to after their tolerance for prescription opioids becomes too strong. The former is 100 times more potent than morphine and is often illicitly manufactured and sold to drug abusers. Most people do not realize how strong fentanyl is when they abuse it, which is why it leads to so many drug overdoses. In 2013, Florida law enforcement encountered fentanyl only 0 to 50 times, but by 2015, this increased to over 500 encounters.

How Can Rehab Help an Opioid Addict?

People who become addicted to opioid drugs will require detox and rehab treatment in order to stop abusing these substances and to navigate withdrawal.

  • When a person dependent on opioids stops using, they will experience an intense withdrawal syndrome that feels similar to the flu.
  • Without the proper care, it can be extremely difficult to avoid relapse during this time, and those who do relapse are in serious danger of an overdose.
  • In detox treatment, patients can work through their withdrawal symptoms with the help of medical supervision, medications that minimize pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, and therapies that can help prepare them for rehab.
  • Afterwards, patients who detox in a professional facility are often more likely to seek rehab treatment and build a safe, strong recovery from opioid addiction.

Seek Treatment Today

Whether you or someone you love is suffering from an opioid addiction, now is the time to take action. Call 888-646-0635Who Answers? to find safe, reliable detox centers near you.

More Rehab Centers Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Treatment

Alcoholics anonymous can help you recover once and for all!

The traditional twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous outlines a course of action that is set for the recovery from addiction or compulsions as well as other behavioral problems. This 12-step type treatment was originally designed as a means of recovering from alcoholism but is now synonymously used for the treatment of all types of addiction…..

Continue reading

How to Take a Sober Vacation

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse is a part of drug addiction. Although relapse does not necessarily mean failure, it is important to seek help when you feel as if you are going to relapse. There are ways that you can do this without disrupting your sobriety or your life. One way….

Continue reading

How Teen Drug Rehab Can Help Your Child

teenage rehab

Teens who struggle with addiction will more than likely need to attend formal rehab in order to recover. Addiction and drug abuse recovery is difficult even for adults to manage, especially alone. As a parent, the best way to help your child is to seek formal treatment and provide support as he or she attempts….

Continue reading

Do Free Rehabilitation Centers Provide Good Treatment?

addiction treatment for free

For those individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend a rehabilitation center for drug addiction, there are facilities that provide low-cost treatment. Some centers even provide free rehab to certain individuals who qualify based on low income and other factors. Bud do these facilities provide good treatment? We can help you….

Continue reading

Questions to Ask Opioid Rehab Centers Before you Enter One

Opioid addiction is a serious and growing program affecting communities. Getting treatment from an opioid rehab center gives you the best chance of beating this addiction, but how do you choose the right one? There are a few questions you need to ask before entering treatment, in order to make sure it is right for….

Continue reading

What are the Consequences of Alcohol Abuse?

Don't let the consequences of alcohol abuse ruin your life–get help today!

Generally, alcoholics suffer great consequences as a result of their uncontrollable desire to drink. Cravings for alcohol are so strong that there’s simply no way to say no or to stop the pain without just one more drink. One drink leads to two and two leads to four, before you know it, the consequences of alcohol….

Continue reading

What is not Allowed at Rehab

One of the hardest parts of drug addiction is admitting that you have an addiction that you need help with. Knowing this is very debilitating and sometimes embarrassing. One of the things that is even more humiliating is having someone go through your belongings, telling you what you can and cannot have. There is however,….

Continue reading

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

Let us help you choose a rehab center!

The decision to attend a rehab center for treatment of drug or alcohol addiction may be the most important decision you ever make. Of course you want to assure that you make the best decision and that you choose the best rehab center for you, but how do you do that? What factors should be….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call 888-646-0635 Who Answers?

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW888-646-0635
Who Answers?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares