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Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday he will propose major legislation and commit more than $50 million to combat opioid abuse in Florida.
According to a statement
from Scott's office, the legislation will place a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, unless strict conditions are met for a seven-day supply.
Scott is also looking to require all healthcare professionals that prescribe or dispense medication to participate in the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
, a statewide database that monitors controlled substance prescriptions.
"As I travel the state, I have met many families who are dealing with the heartache of drug addiction," said Scott. "Growing up, my own family dealt with the struggle of substance abuse and I know firsthand how this painful issue causes families to worry and pray for help and healing. As states across the country continue to fight this national epidemic, we must make sure Florida is doing our part to help vulnerable individuals and keep our families safe."
Scott said he plans to use the $50 million he is seeking for substance abuse treatment, counseling and recovery services, and to provide funding The Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council
Fentanyl, more potent and cheaper than heroin, currently is the deadliest drug of this class in the state. As we previously reported
, opioid abuse has become a major crisis in the state over the last several years. In the first six months of 2016, more than 2,664 Floridians died from opioid overdoses.
Last year, 14 people were killed by opioids every day, according to data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.