SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis is re-establishing Florida’s office of drug control and creating a drug task force on drug abuse to combat the opioid epidemic.
DeSantis made the announcement in Sanford Monday morning, saying “substance abuse is a serious public safety concern.”
He appointed Attorney General Ashley Moody to chair the statewide task force, which will develop a strategy and make recommendations. Moody said Florida loses 17 people a day to the drug crisis, including one on Monday in Seminole County, where the announcement took place.
The drug control office will coordinate with state and federal officials with a goal of reducing opioid abuse.
DeSantis also said Florida has secured an additional $26 million in federal funding for the state’s opioid response project.