Gov. Scott pledges $50 million to combat opioid abuse, major legislation changes

Funding to include substance abuse treatment, counseling services


BRADENTON, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott will make what his office calls a "major announcement" regarding the fight against opioid abuse.

The governor has announced that he will propose legislation and more than $50 million to help combat the abuse. This includes including a three-day prescription limit on prescribed opioids, require participation in the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and fighting unlicensed pain management clinics. 

The funding for the program will include substance abuse treatment, counseling and recovery assistance and the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council. 

“We made a commitment here in Florida to do everything possible to support our communities and fight the national opioid epidemic, and while we have taken major steps to fight this crisis, more must be done. Today, I am proud to announce that I will propose major legislation during the upcoming legislative session and more than $50 million in my recommended budget to combat opioid abuse in our state," Scott said. 

Scott signed legislation earlier this year to create new penalties related to synthetic opioid drugs and fentanyl. He also declared a public health emergency in May.

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