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.