Bilirakis Announces $27 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis in Florida
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced today Florida will receive over $27 million in grants to help fight the opioid epidemic, the first of two rounds of funding secured by Bilirakis in the 21st Century Cures Act. The $27 million, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will go towards increasing access to treatment and recovery services, strengthening public health surveillance, and improving pain management practices.
“The opioid crisis is not only a national epidemic, it’s happening here in our local communities, too. We must take action as opioid-related deaths continue to rise across the board in Florida, regardless of race, age, income, or zip code. This critical grant will support an all-hands-on-deck approach in our state to curb opioid abuse and save lives,” said Bilirakis.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, deaths caused by illicit opioids like heroin and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, skyrocketed by 80% in recent years. Meanwhile, prescription drugs such as morphine and oxycodone accounted for 67% of the nearly 10,000 drug-related deaths statewide.