In the state of Florida, around 14 people die every day from a drug overdose. There were more than 6,000 drug overdose deaths in Florida in just the first six months of 2017, per the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Medical Examiners Commission. Fatal drug overdoses in Florida are over twice the national average, and they nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016.
Prescription drug abuse is a major cause for concern in Florida. The 2017–2018 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Annual Report publishes that nearly 7,000 people died in Florida in 2017 with at least one prescription medication in their system. The opioid epidemic in Florida has caused a declaration of a State of Emergency. Heroin, synthetic and illicit fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana are all common drugs of abuse in Florida.
Florida is also often a place where new and novel psychoactive substances (NPS) show up. Synthetic cathinones, such as flakka, have taken a toll in Florida, but the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) reports that trends for this deadly drug have been decreasing in recent years.
The proximity to the southern border of the United States and countries where drugs are manufactured makes Florida a landing place for many illegal drugs coming into the country. The availability of these drugs increases abuse and addiction rates.
Florida has a large drug abuse treatment system that is managed on a county basis. Services are offered through community-based providers on a local level.