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Data Shows Florida’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Woes

Data Shows Florida’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Woes

As we head into the new year, it’s essential to assess recent data that may reveal the status of Florida’s substance abuse and mental health woes.

This article briefly overviews the most critical data from 2019 and 2020 recorded that unveil Florida’s direction. Also, how you can overcome recovery challenges into 2021.

Florida’s Substance Abuse Became Worse in 2019

Published in November 2020, the Annual Report of the Florida Medical Examiners Commission Drug Report for 2019 reveals:

  • Total drug-related deaths increased by 4%.
  • About 7% more individuals died with one or more prescriptions within their system
  • About 17% more individuals died with at least one prescription within their system
  • Prescriptions drugs continue to be found and possibly mixed with illicit drugs
  • The most frequent substances were alcohol, benzodiazepines, fentanyl, cocaine, and cannabinoids.
  • Occurrences of fentanyl increased the most by 35% and caused the most deaths
  • Occurrences of methadone decreased the most by 21%

The report shows consistency with the rise of fentanyl, which continues to lead in causing the most overdose deaths. Unfortunately, these numbers do not include data during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and other statistics during the summer of 2020 may reveal Florida’s substance abuse is getting worse.

2020 Data Reveals COVID Woes in Florida

A handful of surveys and statistics were conducted that concludes the coronavirus and the aftermath worsened Florida’s mental health and drug abuse.

In July, a report stated 57% of Floridians saw an increase in drug abuse, with alcohol as the primary substance of choice.

In May, roughly 34% of Floridians were experiencing an increase in anxiety and depression symptoms.

Source: CDC

The CDC has been tracking every few weeks the mental health of states, with Florida showing an increase of 41% in December 2020. This is a 5% to 7% increase from the summer, showing that Floridians’ mental health has gotten worse, with no signs of slowing down.

How to Overcome Recovery Challenges in 2021

Because the recent data may not be pleasant, it is essential for those in recovery or those seeking help for substance abuse to reach out for professional assistance.

One of the best ways to continue your recovery journey is to join a drug rehab if there are challenges such as cravings or stress. Florida is currently a go-to destination for attending drug rehabs, with 24/7 support to cater to your needs.

Other ways include:

  • Changing bad habits into good habits
  • Becoming more productive by creating a plan and setting up goals
  • Getting a hobby to ease your mind
  • Reaching out to sober friends and family

Get Help for Substance Abuse in South Florida

Have you or a loved one suffered from substance abuse? Victory Recovery Center is willing to work with you to ensure you get the treatment you deserve at your convenience.

Contact Victory Recovery Center, a South Florida drug rehab—available 24 Hours, 7 days a week. Call us NOW 1-(855)-492-1515.

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