Florida, America's Sunshine State, is the most southeastern state in the country and home to almost twenty-one million people. A popular getaway during the cold winter months in many other states, Florida's landscape has hundreds of miles of beaches; is home to the Kennedy Space Center, famous theme parks like Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios; and enjoys warm, tropical weather throughout the year. Not only a popular tourist and vacation destination, Florida also maintains the highest percentage of retirees in the United States.
Florida was heavily impacted at the beginning of the opioid crisis in the early 2000s, exploding with hundreds of pill mills throughout the state, operated by unscrupulous doctors willing to prescribe powerful opioids for no more than a fee. Although the pill mills have been mostly shut down across the state, Florida continues to bear a heavy burden from the opioid crisis. According to the 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), more than ten thousand of the thirty thousand Florida residents who sought addiction treatment did so with opioids or heroin as their primary substance of abuse.
Despite this high rate, slightly more people in Florida sought treatment citing alcohol as their primary or secondary substance of abuse. The TEDS report also showed that Florida is consistent with states throughout the country, with the majority of people seeking treatment between ages twenty-five to thirty-four years old.
Between 2012 and 2015, the opioid overdose death rate in Florida dipped below the national average, however 2015 began a sharp uptick in fentanyl and morphine overdose death rates, according to the Florida Medical Examiners 2016 Report. Since 2015, Florida has once again seen an overdose death rate above the national average, mostly due to the abuse of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
As a longtime vacation destination, Florida is home to more than five-hundred addiction treatment programs and facilities. The tropical climate and warm ocean water make Florida a haven for residential addiction treatment, mixing residents among nonresidents in many drug rehabs populating the coastline, cities, and rural areas of the state.
Some of the options for addiction treatment in the state include the following:
Some of the specific populations which Florida addiction treatment programs can serve include the following:
Different addiction treatment programs in Florida can accept many different types of payment for services, and some of those include:
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