In Florida, there were over 6,000 opioid-related deaths in just one year. 


Preventing Prescription Drug, Opioid and Synthetic Opioid Misuse

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Youth Summit

During this FREE event for local eighth graders, students are immersed in a fun and interactive environment to learn about the affects of opioid use and misuse in the community. Get more information.  

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Local Substance Abuse Resources

Check out this list of local organizations that provide services to the public regarding addiction, community empowerment, drug education and prevention, drug take-back programs, recovery, and overall health and wellness. Read more.

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What Should You Do With Your Unused Meds?

Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances. You can make a difference by following these tips. Learn more.

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Learn more.


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NEWS

New program sponsored by DEA uses dancing to keep kids off drugs

(ABC Action News, August 28) The DEA’s Youth Dance Program is heading to three Manatee County schools this fall. Read more.

Police: Tampa man sold drugs laced with enough fentanyl to kill 'thousands'

(ABC Action News, July 11) Tampa man Myron Ray is facing drug charges for trafficking heroin and Oxycodone laced with fentanyl. Read more.

Florida governor announces task force on opioid crisis

(The Associated Press, April 1) In an effort to help fight the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced the creation of a state task force on drug abuse. Read more.