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, Rate of Prescriptions Dispensed, Florida
Data Source: Florida Department of Health
Opioid, Number of Prescriptions Dispensed, Florida
Data Source: Florida Department of Health
Opioid, Unique Patients and Prescribers, 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
Count2023
2,895,474
2,882,596
2,810,081
2,818,904
11,407,055
Count2023
1,312,673
1,299,885
1,263,450
1,271,119
2,968,010
Count2023
63,535
61,281
60,360
62,002
87,652
Per patient20232.22.22.22.2
3.8
Per prescriber202345.647.046.645.5
130.1
Count2023
1,130,452
1,174,516
1,155,676
1,145,914
4,606,558
Count2023
503,057
512,461
506,379
500,328
782,085
Count2023
31,207
30,617
30,072
30,270
44,956
Per patient20232.22.32.32.3
5.9
Per prescriber202336.238.438.437.9
102.5
Count2023
2,104,069
2,090,253
2,046,928
2,036,293
8,277,543
Count2023
1,039,167
1,030,333
1,001,952
995,764
1,765,000
Count2023
62,834
60,232
57,852
59,901
90,617
Per patient20232.02.02.02.0
4.7
Per prescriber202333.534.735.434.0
91.3
Count2023
32,242
31,584
30,173
29,546
123,545
Count2023
15,214
14,676
13,999
13,807
24,318
Count2023
5,566
5,463
5,306
5,335
8,632
Per patient20232.12.22.22.1
5.1
Per prescriber20235.85.85.75.5
14.3
Health Services
Count2023
342
Count2022
66,091
Count2022
11,149

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.