For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.
There has been a dramatic increase in deaths related to synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) in recent years in the state. Between 2012 and 2017, these deaths jumped more than 1,000 percent (from 162 to 2,126).
During the same time period, heroin deaths jumped from 101 to 707 deaths; and deaths from prescription opioids increased from 889 in 2014 to 1,272 deaths in 2017.2
2Florida Opioid Summary. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/florida-opioid-summary