For years Phoenix House Florida has been at the forefront of the battle against drug addiction in the community. At the same time, Florida has had one of the nation’s highest rates of opioid abuse, often leading to overdose. While this has largely stemmed from overprescription of addictive opioid painkillers like Oxycontin, the misuse of these highly addictive drugs has often had tragic results.
But the beginning of July marked a major milestone, reflected in more than 20,000 lives saved each year since 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the time period from 2010 to 2012, there was a decrease of 23 percent in prescription drug overdose deaths. Previously, Florida had one of the nation’s highest usage rates for oxycodone, a prime choice of prescription drug abusers. Tightened legislation and determined law enforcement were able to lower Florida’s drug overdose rates to levels not seen since 2007. Clinics that were unregulated and doctors who overprescribed were strongly curbed.
Today Florida remains steadfast in keeping prescription drugs regulated. After a change in legislation, the state continues to have the nation’s most positively sustained outcomes against prescription drug abuse.
Phoenix House Florida has been a part of making that difference. Every day we contribute to the growing number of stories of successful recovery by showing people how to take control of their lives.
Phoenix House Florida provides substance abuse rehabilitation for adolescents at the Derek Jeter Center in Tampa and at the Brandon Outpatient Treatment Center. Adults also receive outpatient counseling at the Tampa and Brandon facilities. Our newest program, at The Centre for Women at Hyde Park, provides gender-specific care to women. Phoenix House Citra Center provides residential treatment for men and women whose substance abuse is advanced or complicated by mental health issues. Our highly skilled professional staff annually serves more than 1,000 men, women, and teens, safeguarding youth, strengthening families, and helping to build happier, healthier lives.
If you know someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug problems, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392. We’re here to help!