Prescriptions and Treatment

Programs like Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program help track and regulate the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substance medications. Increased regulations have had a direct, measurable impact on the opioid epidemic. However, there has been a shift to the use of illicit opioids in many patients who had previously misused prescribed substances.

Florida’s Department of Children and Families provides treatment for substance abuse through a community-based provider system. This system offers detoxification and treatment services as well as recovery support to adults and adolescents affected by substance misuse, abuse or dependence.


Opioid Prescriptions, Florida
Data Source: Florida Department of Health
Substance Abuse Program Enrollees, Florida
Data Source: Florida Department of Children and Families
       
Prescriptions and Treatment, Florida
IndicatorMeasureYearJanuary-March (Provisional)April-June (Provisional)July-September (Provisional)October-December (Provisional)Year-to-Date (Provisional)
Prescription and Patient Measures
Number of Prescriptions Dispensed  Count2022
3,663,465
2,938,734
2,817,493
8,677,011
Number of Unique Patients  Count2022
1,337,613
1,318,641
1,303,251
2,508,372
Number of Unique Prescribers  Count2022
60,887
60,321
59,246
79,110
Prescriptions Dispensed per Patient  Per patient20222.72.22.2
3.5
Prescriptions Dispensed per Prescriber  Per prescriber202260.248.747.6
109.7
Health Services
Adult Substance Abuse Beds  Count2021
348
Substance Abuse Program Enrollees - Adult  Count2021
42,298
Substance Abuse Program Enrollees - Children  Count2021
7,458

Data Note(s)


  • The state totals for the number of prescriptions dispensed may exceed the sum of the county totals due to some records having an unknown county.