Addiction is a Public Health Crisis

It is no secret I have taken a leadership role in addressing the horrific opioid/heroin overdose crisis. We are losing too many of our family members, friends and neighbors. I will not stop until our government leaders take serious action.

My request to Governor Scott asking him to declare a public health emergency has been called, "Great Advice for Rick Scott" (twice!), first in early February and again this week.

As Florence Snyder wrote last month for Florida Politics:
The Very Best Idea in Florida Right This Minute comes from Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who is asking Gov. Rick Scott to call Florida’s heroin epidemic by its right name: a public health crisis. This should be a no-brainer for Scott.

And in a follow-up piece from this week:
Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay was the first public official to urge Scott to call Florida’s heroin epidemic by its right name: a public health crisis. That was, and remains, the Very Best Idea in Florida Right This Minute, and McKinlay’s choir is, thankfully, growing.

I am very grateful my request received the support of Palm Beach County’s Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath and every one of Palm Beach County's 39 cities this week, joining the Martin County Commission in this effort and the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus.

I am also very grateful for the floor speeches given by our US Senator, Bill Nelson, in support of immediate action, and Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18).

The opioid epidemic has grown unabated because it has been in the shadows. But when we make the effort to shine a light on a problem that affects so many of our friends, neighbors, and family members, we are not only advocating for the responsible thing, but the right thing.

Thanks for all of your support,

Melissa