Miramar Beach, Fla. - It is a problem that continues to grow across the Nation, the opioid epidemic. Hundreds of people die every day from opioid related drug overdoses.
A company is going state to state training judges and lawyers on how they can help.
This week, lawyers and judges from Louisiana are attending their annual "summer school" conference in Sandestin. One of the topics they are learning about is ways to combat the opioid crisis.
"In 2016, there was more than 4,000 opioid deaths in the state of Florida," shared Tommie Whitten, Addiction Campuses, Treatment Specialist.
Addiction Campuses is an alcohol and drug treatment facility, with four locations across the country. One in Texas, Mississippi, Ohio and Massachusetts
"We want to make sure the judges have the information that they need to be able to make sure that people can get the treatment. And help get them out of the courtrooms, out of the jails," said Whitten.
Incarceration is not the only solution to getting an addict off the streets. Addiction Campuses works with the attorneys, judges and probation officers to assess the addict before they get to the point of going to jail.
"That way they can not only get that person help, but they can help the judge and he can be a little bit more lenient sometimes on his ruling," said Whitten.
Their Mobile Crisis Unit covers the Gulf Coast Region, stretching from south Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle.
"We have treatment specialists located locally. And those treatment specialist are able to assess people provide resources and be the liaison between the facility and the general public," explained Whitten.
Addiction Campuses says they want to break the cycle and help addicts find long term sobriety.
If you or someone you know needs help with an addiction call Addiction Campuses hot line at 1-888-614-2251 or visit their website for more information, AddictionCampuses.com.http://addictioncampuses.com
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