Seminole Collaborative Opioid Response Efforts
The primary goal is to save lives by combating the Opioid Epidemic through a collaborative initiative. The SCORE Initiative will have a comprehensive approach to funnel those who have overdosed and are being treated in the Emergency Department and transition them through a pipeline of detoxification, stabilization, and treatment/rehabilitation. SCORE will develop and implement a seamless, collaborative, stabilization and treatment solution to reduce opioid overdoses, recidivism and mortality. This is a three (3) prong approach addressing and targeting Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment (P.E.T.).
Mobile Response Team
The response team will make contact with the patient and discuss SCORE and determine if the patient is willing to enter treatment.
If you or someone you know has questions about opioids or is in need of treatment assistance please call our non emergency line at (407) 665-6650 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If the patient is willing to voluntarily enter treatment, determine which treatment meets the needs of the patient.
- If patient refuses treatment, follow up with patient within 24-48 hours of release from Emergency Department to determine if patient will accept any future treatment.
- If patient accepts treatment, the response team will accompany and facilitate transport to SCORE treatment facility after release from Emergency Department.
- Peer counselor will be their "coach" through the entire process.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), Dilaudid, Demerol, codeine, morphine and methadone. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain.
Opioids block pain signals in the brain. They change the chemistry of the brain and lead to drug tolerance, which means that over time the dose needs to be increased to achieve the same effect.
Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor. There are legitimate reasons for one to be prescribed opioids as they manage both acute and chronic pain. But because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misused and taken in a larger dose than prescribed. Addiction can start with a prescription from your health care provider. Even regular use as prescribed by a doctor can lead to dependence, overdose incidents and even death.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were more than 33,000 opioid deaths nationally in 2015. That number rose to 64,070 fatal overdoses in 2016. A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse predicts the addiction epidemic in America will continue to deteriorate and numbers are estimated to be 71,600 for 2017. Exact data for 2017 and 2018 have not yet been released. Locally here in Seminole County, there were 62 deaths in 2016, 83 deaths in 2017 and 82 deaths in 2018.
The rise in deaths can be partly attributed to "boosting". Boosting is when heroin is mixed with stronger and cheaper fentanyl and carfentanil to make the heroin go farther and increase profits for the drug dealer. Carfentanil is easily obtained from China by purchasing online on the "dark web". Many prescription users turn to heroin when their prescriptions run out or when they get too expensive to fill. Heroin boosted/laced with fentanyl is responsible for many opioid deaths.
Signs to Look For
Call 911 If You Notice the Following
- Changes in behavior and attitude
- Deteriorating family relationships
- Lying and/or stealing
- Obvious intoxication, incoherence or unconsciousness
- Spending long periods of time by themselves
- Track marks on the body
- Not waking up
- Blue lips, hands and face
- Struggling to breathe
- Gurgling sounds
- Dazed state or confusion
Good Samaritan Law
Per Florida State Statutes 893.21
(1) A person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug-related overdose may not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized pursuant to this chapter for possession of a controlled substance if the evidence for possession of a controlled substance was obtained as a result of the person’s seeking medical assistance.
(2) A person who experiences a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance may not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized pursuant to this chapter for possession of a controlled substance if the evidence for possession of a controlled substance was obtained as a result of the overdose and the need for medical assistance.
(3) Protection in this section from prosecution for possession offenses under this chapter may not be grounds for suppression of evidence in other criminal prosecutions.
Do I Have A Problem?
- Do you take more than prescribed?
- Do you take it in a different manner than prescribed? Eg: chewing, snorting, or crushing
- Do you crave it to deal with personal problems?
- Do you need more and more to achieve a high?
- Are you struggling financially because of use?
- Do you find yourself nodding off numerous times during the day?
Lock Your Meds
Many teens advise they started by using prescriptions found in their home or their grandparents home.
Many addicts admit to going to real estate open houses or pretending to want to purchase a home so they can search the medicine cabinets of others.
Seminole County residents may safely dispose of old, expired or unwanted prescription medications at Prescription Drug Drop Off Boxes located at a variety of locations throughout the county. Check out this flyer for Seminole County Drug Disposal Locations for DEA take back 2019
Use prescriptions as prescribed
Do not share prescriptions or borrow from someone else's prescription
Parents, talk to your kids about drug use.
Become familiar with frequently used drugs by identifying them by picture here.
Resources & Treatment
OPIOID CRISIS - GET HELP NOW.
TEXT “OPIOID” TO 898-211.
Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Find Treatment Near You
English: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Central Florida Cares Flyer
Involuntary admission to a hospital or detox facility for assessment. This can be court ordered or law enforcement initiated.
- 93 meetings a week in the Central Florida area
Smartrecovery.org (Greater Orlando) area
SCSO hosts Advocates for our Angels, a support group for families who have lost a loved one to the opioid crisis. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at People’s Church, 580 Cape Cod Lane, Suite 1, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Search Advocates for Our Angels on Facebook for more information.
Get Help Now
OPIOID CRISIS - GET HELP NOW. TEXT “OPIOID” TO 898-211. Standard text messaging rates may apply.