Ron DeSantis Announces Initiative to End Substance Abuse in the Sunshine State


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced an initiative to help end addiction in the Sunshine State on Wednesday, detailing what has been described as an “expansion of a pilot new addiction network and recovery to disrupt the opioid epidemic” in President Biden’s Open Borders in America.

The network, double Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE), is what the governor’s office describes as the “first of its kind in the nation,” coordinated between the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families.

“It’s an approach that was pioneered in Florida,” DeSantis said at Wednesday’s press conference. You will hear a few speakers talking about what has been done in Palm Beach County.

The governor said officials are taking this model, which has had success in Palm Beach County, and bringing it to 12 additional counties – those that have “demonstrated need for the services, that … have existing programs that can serve as a foundation” and “have strong interest from community partners and they are actively interested in supporting the network,” according to the governor.

“The three-pronged approach to recovery includes, yes, the extensive life-saving response that our paramedics do … and long-term treatment so they can live productive lives without constantly relapsing and staying on that hamster wheel of addiction,” he explained.

“We don’t want Floridians receiving overdose treatment and just being sent back out into the world to have this happen again. So we’re trying to give them the tools they need to navigate their way to a productive, drug-free future,” DeSantis said, explaining that the network “will be overseen by the first-ever director of opioid recovery at scale. of Florida State, Dr. Courtney Phillips. .

DeSantis noted at the press conference that fentanyl remains a major problem as the state experiences more fentanyl. overdoses “that we have never” seen.

“Fentanyl overdoses account for nearly 70% of all overdoses in the state of Florida,” he said, highlighting the uphill battle law enforcement faces with the elevated threat of trafficking. drugs, especially with the continuation of President Biden’s open border policies.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that this open border doesn’t affect our communities,” the governor said. “Here in the state of Florida, it’s having a devastating impact.”

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