Founded in 2018, Project Opioid was created in response to the raging opioid epidemic that claimed the lives of nearly 450,000 people across America in one decade. Since then the opioid crisis driven by pervasive use of fentanyl, has reached unprecedented heights. This new dynamic is contributing to the greatest mental health, substance abuse, and overdose crisis in U.S. history. The startling new data on opioid overdose and death calls for leaders to urgently embrace a different approach to solving the overdose epidemic.
Jacksonville is one of five regions in Florida included in the expansion of Project Opioid, a Central Florida-based coalition created to confront the opioid overdose crisis in communities across the state. A grant awarded by the Florida Blue Foundation has funded the program’s expansion and Regional Super Advocates have been designated in Florida’s largest markets— Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
At Project Opioid, we empower leaders to confront the overdose crisis. We align leaders around one shared goal: to reduce opioid deaths in their communities. We educate leaders on how to build a coalition, launch a regional overdose initiative, and promote high-level advocacy to transform and save the greatest number of lives in their communities.
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