Substance Abuse in South Florida
South Florida’s geography lends itself to numerous entry points for illicit drug activity in the state. Because of this, South Floridians have not only been subject to the prescription opioid crisis of the 2000s, but also to the circulation of cocaine, methamphetamines, and illicit opioids that are not always seen in other parts of the country.
Recent Florida overdose deaths indicate that a leading cause of drug overdoses is still due to opioid use, with a significant increase in fentanyl deaths reported. Further, preliminary CDC data for 2019 indicates that drug overdose rates are expected to climb 14% between 2018 and 2019.
These widespread substance abuse rates in South Florida demonstrate the need for a strong recovery community. Recovery Month is one way to recognize this community.