By: AdventHealth News, courtesy Adventist Review
AdventHealth, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County Emergency Medical Services/Fire Rescue and the Board of County Commissioners in Florida, United States, are launching a unique partnership to combat the opioid epidemic.
A key element of the partnership is a new addictions recovery center in Sanford that will provide clinically supported residential substance abuse treatment when it opens in early 2020. It is the first time in Florida that a health-care system and law enforcement are coming together to open such a facility.
“Unfortunately, people with opioid issues have been trapped in a cycle of ‘catch, treat, release,’” said Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma during the official announcement on October 24, 2019. “This partnership and a new model for using medically based treatment to help those with substance abuse disorders will help us break that cycle."