AUGUSTA, GA—As opioid abuse continues to skyrocket, some state leaders are calling for a change in how Florida treats the overdose crisis.
The opioid crisis is a “huge problem” in Florida, Sen. David Simmons, D-Fort Myers, told reporters Thursday.
Simmons, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Florida’s opioid crisis “has not been treated fairly” and needs to be addressed.
In Florida, the opioid overdose crisis is estimated to affect 1.4 million people.
The crisis is projected to increase to more than 2 million people by 2030.
Florida’s opioid overdose rate is projected at 10.2 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Florida Department of Health and Human Services.
The CDC estimated that Florida’s total opioid overdose death rate was 4.6 deaths per every 100,00 people in the state in 2014.
The state is the nation’s fourth-leading provider of emergency treatment for people in need, according the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
The state is also the leading provider of opioid overdose treatment.SEMPHIS, TN—In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman who was admitted to an opioid addiction treatment center died on July 30, according her daughter, Tania, who was in attendance.
Tania was working with her mother in an opioid treatment facility.
“It’s the worst,” Tania said.
Tania, whose name has been changed for privacy, said her mother was admitted into the center on July 20.
She said she was at home when she went to check on her mother after her father went to the restroom.
She said her father told her she had overdosed and was bleeding profusely.
She was not told that her mother had died.
Tani said her parents were not well-liked by others in the community.
She added that her parents told her they had been told they were getting better, but she could not understand how that could be.
“I can’t believe my mom died, but I just can’t comprehend it,” she said.
“She was the most amazing person, the most kind of person.
I think I will be the next to die.”