Fox News Contributor Mike Murphy said this week that Florida’s opioid epidemic could be the hardest hit state in the country, and he was right.
According to Murphy, Florida has the highest number of opioid overdoses per capita in the U.S. and the most opioid-related deaths per capita.
In a recent article in the Florida Times-Union, Murphy stated that “a recent national poll shows that 45% of Americans say they’ve been affected by an opioid- related overdose, and another 22% say they have experienced a prescription drug overdose.
The national average for opioid overdoses is about 8.3 per 100,000 people.
And the Florida number is about twice that.”
According to the article, Murphy also noted that in addition to the opioid-dependent, the majority of Florida’s overdose deaths involve people who have used opioids in the past, and that many people who overdose are prescribed painkillers.
While there are some indications that the number of Florida deaths from the opioid crisis is down, Murphy said that the state has not been immune to the epidemic.
Florida has seen a significant increase in deaths related to prescription opioid use, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October.
The study analyzed the number and rate of opioid-induced deaths in the state between 2010 and 2017, and found that the percentage of deaths from prescription opioids rose from 2.7% to 8.7%.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13,000 deaths in Florida were related to opioid-derived prescription opioids in 2017.