$53 million to fight addiction, overdoses

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law on Monday that represents the state’s first wholesale legislative response to the crisis that kills about 16 Floridians per day.

“I am proud to continue our fight against opioids by signing this major legislation today,” Scott said at a signing ceremony in Bradenton. “This bill will help limit the chance of drug addiction, reduce the ability for dangerous drugs to spread in Florida’s communities and give vulnerable Floridians needed support.”

The new law sets aside about $53 million, in addition to funds in the budget signed last week, which brings the total to about $65 million, to enhance opioid treatment, law enforcement response and provide the life-saving, overdose-reversal drug Naloxone to first responders.MiamiTight.com

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