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Fed up with sitting on the sidelines as our communities were being tragically torn apart by the opioid epidemic, we decided to use our expertise in collective impact to do something it.
Our mission is to mobilize your community’s business, faith and philanthropic leaders under one banner to find clear and effective solutions for ending the overdose crisis.
Project Opioid is a coalition of leaders in communities across Florida who can no longer tolerate thousands of lives being lost every year to opioid overdoses.
We help leaders like you save lives by providing you with the tools, connections, and roadmap for success.
We challenge our leaders to commit to making a change within their organizations, congregations, and businesses and to use the tools they have to develop a comprehensive response that truly saves lives and puts a stop to the rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths in the state of Florida.
In Orange County alone, opioid deaths have increased by 70% over the last three years.
This CANNOT CONTINUE.
WHY WE DO IT
In 2019 we empowered our leaders to understand the opioid crisis – by the numbers – and to assess the current system of care and best practices used in our communities to combat this crisis.
What did we find?
Opioids are decimating a generation, and there is no plan in place to stop it!
FACT: It is estimated that nearly 630,000 Floridians are suffering with OUD.
FACT: Millennials and Gen-Z make up 51% of opioid-caused deaths in Central Florida
FACT: In 2018 EMS responded to 14,334 calls for opioid overdoses in Florida; that number rose
by over 11% in 2019.*
FACT: In just a single year, 2017-2018, Florida increased distribution of Narcan by 179%
An effective response to this growing crisis will demand the cooperation and coordination of those that may not typically have a role in public health. So, we – with the help and commitment of our community leaders across the business, faith, and philanthropic sectors – begun to formulate a comprehensive regional response to the opioid crisis that will allow for a tailored community response throughout Florida.
The first step in this process is a statewide collaborative effort to building coalitions across the state of Florida that represents all of our communities.