FLORIDA, ONE OF MANY STATES TO GET TOUGH IN TACKLING OPIOID CRISIS

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The state of Florida is pursuing legal action to hold manufacturers and distributors of drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet accountable, as cited in a recent article published in the Orlando Weekly.

The article reveals startling statistics: in 2016, 5,725 deaths were due to an opioid overdose in Florida, marking a 35 percent jump from the previous year. Similarly frightening, more than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida that year, signaling a 1,000 percent jump from just a decade ago.

The article goes on to state that the “staggering statistics have put the opioid crisis front and center for many lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott, who has pushed to spend $53 million during the coming year on substance-abuse treatment, including medication-assisted treatment that pairs prescription drugs with counseling and other services.”

New Season, headquartered in Central Florida with more than 70 treatment centers nationwide, is a leading provider of medication-assisted treatment for patients addicted to opioids.

New Season fosters a compassionate and individually-tailored plan for each patient’s recovery that includes a balance of treatment medication such as methadone with counseling and life planning sessions. The organization’s comprehensive clinical approach to treatment hails a 90% success rate of people overcoming their addiction.

Florida is among the key players in the national movement to combat the opioid crisis, in which funding for medication-assisted treatment proves to offer the surest path to recovery for patients addicted to opioids.

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