For all of its coastal beauty and vibrant flora and fauna, Florida is not immune to substance abuse problems. South Florida, in particular, is severely affected by the opioid epidemic sweeping the country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,088 Floridians died from a drug overdose in 2017. A year before in 2016, one person died every two hours in South Florida due to an opioid overdose. To help combat the opioid epidemic and addiction in general, The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health recently opened its doors in July 2019.