Florida saw a 38.4 percent increase in drug-related overdose deaths between July of 2019 and July of 2020. This increase in drug-related fatalities is significant when compared to the 24.2 percent increase nationally.
Floridians experienced higher rates of substance abuse, dependence, and drug-related overdose than residents of other states. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 67,367 drug-related overdose deaths reported throughout the country in 2018. In Florida, there were 4,698 overdose deaths reported over the course of the same year. Of these fatalities, 3,189 were directly linked to opioid narcotics like prescription painkillers (oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine or codeine), heroin or synthetic opioids like fentanyl. The opioid epidemic in Florida can be partially attributed to the high prescription rates throughout the state. According to NIDA, “In 2018, Florida providers wrote 53.7 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons, compared to the average U.S. rate of 51.4 prescriptions.”
Rates of alcohol abuse and dependence are also high throughout the state. The CDC reports that excessive drinking costs Florida upwards of $15 billion annually. The Florida Behavioral Health Association reported that in 2019, it was determined that roughly 18 percent of adult Florida residents engaged in excessive alcohol consumption or binge drinking over the course of the past month. The number of untimely deaths in which alcohol played a role increased 72 percent in Florida between the years 2012 and 2019.
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