CORE in Flagler | Florida Department of Health

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Flagler County, Florida – Today, the deputy secretary of health, Dr. Kenneth Scheppke, and Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Deputy Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Erica Floyd Thomas, along with community partners, visited the expansion of the Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE) in Flagler County – a comprehensive network of drug addiction and opioid treatment.

This year, Florida has lived beyond that 4,000 reported fatal overdoses. In Flagler County, emergency medical services reported that teams answered more than 400 overdose calls in 2021.

The CORE network is the first of its kind in the nation, coordinated through the Florida Department of Health, the Department of Children and Families, and the Health Administration Agency. The CORE Network’s large-scale therapeutic approach expands every aspect of the overdose response and creates a comprehensive patient care and navigation system to holistically address all primary and secondary impacts of substance use disorder.

“The existing standard of care for substance use disorder is outdated. The current overdose response in most of the United States treats acute overdose, without providing access to sustainable treatment “, said Dr. Kenneth Scheppke, deputy secretary for health. “This is exactly why we developed CORE. This program facilitates the necessary connections between local emergency response and specialist health care networks not only to respond to acute overdose, but to connect people suffering from substance use disorder to sustainable, long-term care. “

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, there is also concern about increased substance use and overdose deaths due to the impact on people’s mental health and disruption of normal pharmaceutical supply chains. It is imperative that community partners provide resources to their communities as we continue our recovery efforts. We must remain vigilant both now and in the long term to prevent overdose deaths.

“The CORE network goes far beyond crisis treatment and stabilization”, said Erica Floyd Thomas, DCF’s deputy secretary for substance abuse and mental health. “This model takes a holistic approach that brings together key partners at all levels to meet the short- and long-term medical, physical, psychological and emotional needs of someone’s recovery journey. With this approach, I am confident that together we can reduce the devastating impact opioids are having on our children, our families and our communities. “

Substance abuse is a life-threatening, multifaceted chronic disease. If an individual in Flagler County overdoses, the Specialized Emergency Medical Services protocol will begin stabilization as it transports the patient to a specialized hospital with specialist expertise attained in addiction medicine. Once all emerging health threats are stabilized, the patient’s long-term care needs will then be transferred to an experienced multi-specialty outpatient practice to support sustainable recovery.

CORE offers a personalized treatment umbrella ranging from primary care to mental health support. By facilitating these connections in Flagler County, CORE breaks the revolving door of addiction by linking overdoses to real-time sustainable treatments.

If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a substance use disorder and would like more information about CORE in Flagler County, you can contact Flagler Cares at 386-319-9483 or the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County. .

If you suspect an overdose, call the emergency health services immediately. The state of Florida has lined up resources which can be posted in public areas to ensure Floridians remain alert for signs of overdose, how to respond, and where help is available.

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