Prescription opioids (also known as prescription painkillers) are a category of commonly-prescribed narcotics. Prescription opioids are typically in pill form, but can also be patches or liquids, such as codeine cough syrup. When taken as directed by a medical professional, they’re relatively safe and can be beneficial. However, there is always a risk of addiction. And that risk increases greatly with duration of use and misuse.
Learn to recognize the potential signs of drug overdose and know the proper steps to take if you suspect someone is overdosing. This includes Naloxone, a Food and Drug Administration approved medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose while you wait for emergency medical help to arrive.
In Florida, Naloxone may be acquired by (1) being prescribed by a doctor or (2) visiting one of the nearly 150 organizations who offer naloxone, free-of-charge. To learn more about Naloxone and where you can find one of the free-of-charge dispensing locations, click here.
Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step to getting better. Asking for help is the second step.
Every hour of every day, someone needs essential services - from finding an after-school program to helping someone struggling with opioid addiction. 2-1-1 is a telephone-based service offered by nonprofit and public agencies throughout Florida and the United States. 211 organizations provide free, confidential information and referral services.
Attorney General Moody said, “211 is a great resource for people looking to begin their journey out of a personal crisis or substance abuse situation, and I am proud to partner with this well-established, highly regarded organization to help end the opioid crisis in Florida. If we are going stop substance abuse, we will need a unified front, and joining forces with 211 fortifies our forces and strengthens our ability to better serve those looking for a way out of the pain and suffering brought on by substance abuse.”
Trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round, to help callers identify and connect with health and human service programs that can meet a variety of needs, including opioid addiction, crisis counseling and more. Services are available statewide through any cell phone provider as well as through landlines in all of Florida’s 67 counties.
Find services in Florida near you now by using 211’s searchable database, here. This online resource, provided by the Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS) and the Florida 211 Network, is your 24-hour source of information about over 40,000 local health and community services in Florida. Or, see the map below to learn which 211 network covers your area and visit their website to learn more. Know that no matter where you are in Florida, dialing 2-1-1 will connect you to your local 211 network.