New Opioid Recovery Program Launch Announced In Escambia County

September 22, 2022

The launch of the Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE) program was officially announced in Escambia County on Wednesday.

As of this week, Escambia County EMS had responded to 1,525 overdoses since January 1.

Escambia County is one of just seven counties in the state to be included in the first phase of the project that we first reported in August.

The CORE project is the first of its kind in the U.S. It is a comprehensive approach that expands every aspect of overdose response and treats all primary and secondary impacts of substance use disorder.

The program launch announcement was made by Florida Department of Health-Escambia Administrator Marie Mott, alongside Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families Shevaun Harris, FDOH Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Kenneth Scheppke, Escambia County District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender. Escambia County EMS Chief David Torsell, and CEO of Community Health Northwest Florida Chandra Smiley.

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10 Responses to “New Opioid Recovery Program Launch Announced In Escambia County”

  1. Adam Duncan on October 10th, 2022 6:25 am

    To those who stand with George and the citizen…how do you know? Since, the opioid crisis blew up from prescriptions the majority of addicts got hooked by doctors not pushers. Also, this whole ‘you chose’ garbage is really a ploy put out by the opioid manufacturers to lay blame on the victims. Don’t get sucked into that mob.

  2. Mike on September 25th, 2022 9:55 pm

    Citzen and George, I’m not saying you are ignorant but you maybe lacking in knowledge or experience. Hopefully this program will help. The current programs in Escambia County are lacking. If you are reading this and think the opiods will not affect your family. You are probably wrong. By the way, currently Escambia County does not have a DETOX Facility. Maybe funds could be used to open one. I would like more details on this program..

  3. Lebowski on September 23rd, 2022 12:31 am

    @ Linda

    I stand by Citizen.

  4. Citizen on September 22nd, 2022 8:46 pm

    I stand by that.

  5. Linda Maher on September 22nd, 2022 4:39 pm

    Citizen in the responses is a sicker dude than the addict. Your response was unnecessary and ignorant.
    Thank you to all who are trying to help. My 31 yr old son was one of the statistics in 2015. He was loved and lost but NEVER a loser! I will follow the Opiod Recovery project and help if I can.

  6. Josh Jones on September 22nd, 2022 11:56 am


    The word ‘correlation’ jumps to mind.

  7. George on September 22nd, 2022 10:56 am

    Here is another example of good hard working people footing the bill for those who chose to break the law and do drugs.

  8. Citizen on September 22nd, 2022 10:18 am

    I suppose it’s good. I can’t stand an addict.
    They remind me of Gollum in Lord of the Rings. I try to stay as far away as possible.
    I think opiates have their place in end of life care.
    I also think if people want to OD and stop breathingu them let them — one less loser to deal with.

  9. Susie on September 22nd, 2022 10:08 am

    Hopefully the Courts will remand more drug addicted people to these programs because, as we know, it’s not just the Opiods!

  10. Flash on September 22nd, 2022 8:07 am

    Escambia County: TOP on the list of drug over-dose/ capita in Florida
    Near BOTTOM: state wide literacy & math scores.

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