In 2018, Florida had the 15th highest number of drug overdose deaths in the United States. Heroin addiction and opioid addiction are of particular concern. In 2017, there were 2,126 deaths as a result of synthetic opiates such as fentanyl. This represented a staggering increase of 1,600% from 2012 when there were 162 deaths. In 2017, there were 1,272 deaths as a result of prescription opiates, such as oxycodone, up from 889 in 2014. Cocaine shows a similar trend, with 1,834 cocaine-related deaths in 2015 increasing significantly to 3,129 in 2017.
If you’ve been struggling with addiction, there are many drug and alcohol treatment centers in Florida. You don’t have to suffer alone or try to hide what you’re going through, although it’s completely normal to feel shame. Getting help for a substance abuse disorder can turn your life around and get you back on track to living your dreams.