Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Major Steps to Combat Florida’s Opioid Crisis

For Immediate Release: April 01, 2019
Contact: Governor’s Press Office, (850) 717-9282

Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Major Steps to Combat Florida’s Opioid Crisis

Secures Additional $26M in Federal Funding for Florida’s State Opioid Response Project, Re-Establishes Office of Drug Control within the Executive Office of the Governor and Orders a Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Sanford, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will sign an executive order continuing his efforts to address Florida’s substance abuse crisis and opioid epidemic. Joining the Governor at the announcement were Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Department of Children and Families Secretary (DCF) Chad Poppell.

“Substance abuse is a serious public health concern and although great progress has been made, the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities throughout our state,” said Governor DeSantis. “These issues require effective and immediate action and my administration is committed to taking the necessary steps to combat this crisis.”

Governor DeSantis announced that Florida has been awarded $26 million in additional federal funding for Florida’s State Opioid Response Project. This project is designed to address the opioid crisis by reducing opioid deaths, preventing opioid abuse among our young people, and increasing recovery services and access to treatment.

The Governor is also re-establishing the Office of Drug Control within the Executive Office of the Governor. This office was discontinued several years ago, but the importance of restoring its functions could not be more obvious.

Finally, the Governor announced the creation of a Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse. The Task Force will develop a statewide strategy and identify best practices to combat the opioid epidemic through education, treatment, prevention, recovery and law enforcement.

Governor talking at event at Sanford fire station