Florida is Number 1 in Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction is a major issue in the U.S., with prescription opiate addiction being one of the biggest drug problems today. Opiate medications are surprisingly easy to obtain. In fact, an estimated 210 million prescriptions for opiates were dispensed in 2010 alone. Medical experts say prescription opiate abusers are far more likely to develop an addiction to heroin than a non-opiate abuser, as heroin will offer a similar high at a cheaper price. Three major options for opiate treatment include detoxification (or, simply, detox programs), inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy.

 Detox involves withdrawing from the drug, often slowly with the use of stabilizing and maintenance medication under the supervision of a medical treatment team. If you’re detoxing from powerful opiates, you might be prescribed methadone or buprenorphine to make the transition more manageable. Detoxification is completed on an inpatient basis to maintain safety.

 Following the transition from detox, most will be referred for continued treatment via residential rehab or outpatient therapy depending on a number of factors. Influencing the decision for treatment type is the individual’s level of opiate use, the presence of any home or family supports, amounts of insurance coverage/resources to cover care, as well as taking into account any previous attempts at recovery.

 Rehab typically lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days with much of the time being devoted to individual therapy, group therapy, and other activities that help promote recovery from opiates and other substances. During therapy, you will attend sessions with a therapist or counselor. This will help you to uncover the triggers of your addiction. It helps to impart effective coping skills to resist the temptation of drugs while seeking out helpful supports. It can also help you reconnect with your family and friends.

 In conjunction with outpatient treatment, some in recovery may require more support. For someone in recovery from opiate addiction, this might take the form of a halfway house or sober living facility, which gives former users the chance to get sober and rebuild their lives in a safe and supportive environment. According to various news outlets, Florida is the number state for opiate addiction. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says opiate-related deaths across Florida have jumped 35 percent from 2015 to 2016. 16 people are killed by the drug on a daily basis.

 A new law Florida law went into effect on July 1 in combating the opiate crisis. The legislation includes tougher limits on most painkiller prescriptions, more money for treatment programs and requirements for physicians to check the state’s prescription database. 

 Examples of opiates include:







 Physical signs that someone may be abusing an opiate include:

    Noticeable elation/euphoria

    Marked sedation/drowsiness


    Constricted pupils

    Slowed breathing

    Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness.


 Other signs of opiate abuse include:

    Doctor shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)

    Shifting or dramatically changing moods

    Extra pill bottles turning up in the trash

    Social withdrawal/isolation

    Sudden financial problems

 Withdrawal symptoms can mimic flu symptoms and include:


    Nausea and vomiting





    Inability to sleep

 No one accidentally decides to use drugs and no one certainly plans to get charged with a drug offense. At Carlos Gonzalez Law we handle all federal law and criminal law — felonies and misdemeanors. If you find yourself in a situation dealing with a drug crime don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

 For any questions or concerns regarding your case please call our office at (786) 358-6888