FLORIDA: Just posted today (Aug.28, 2017) by Florida Senator Jack Latvala to Florida Governor Rick Scott:
This morning I sent a letter to Gov. Scott urging him to extend the Executive Order relating to the opioid crisis and provide $20 million in immediate funding to address the issue.
There have been reports that suggest 14 Floridians have died every day in the first half of this year due to opioids, which is higher than the number of Floridians we have lost per day at the height of the pill mill crisis. If this trend continues, by the time the Legislature passes a budget in March 2018, over 2,700 more Floridians could die. Florida’s citizens cannot wait until then for more financial resources to combat this public health crisis.
In my letter I urged the governor to use his executive authority under Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, in extending the existing Opioid Executive Order Number 17-178, set to expire in a few days, to use the state’s reserve funds for specific opioid-related direct care services including detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment and recovery, and prevention.
Senator Jack Latvala
–I personally am very glad to see this, because Jennifer lived and died in Pinellas County, Largo, Florida, January 15, 2009. It is my hope and earnest prayer that The Jennifer Act bill will be drafted and introduced in Florida for the 2017-2018 legislation session.
Founder of The Jennifer Act