Fla. Gov. Scott Announces State of Emergency Over the Opioid Epidemic Plaguing the State

On May 3, Florida Governor Rick Scott, on the heals of the Centers for Disease and Prevention declaring a national opioid epidemic, signed Executive Order 17-146 directing a Public Health Emergency across the state of Florida to address the opioid crisis.  

Governor Scott said, “Today, I issued an executive order which allows the state to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding which will immediately be distributed to communities across the state to deal with the opioid epidemic…I have also directed State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip to declare a Public Health Emergency and issue a standing order for Naloxone.”

The order should help communities like ours combat the opioid crisis and provide the necessary resources to fund prevention and intervention programs, as well as pilot programs that will help those in recovery achieve long-term sobriety.

While some have called it long overdue, let’s celebrate a positive step forward in the fight to help our community find freedom and hope!

To read the full transcript of the governor’s press release, click here.


Contributor Andrew Seip- YLMP Vice President