The Tampa Bay Partnership, in collaboration with Florida Blue and Project Opioid, is launching a new initiative Friday to combat the opioid epidemic.
The launch of Project Opioid Tampa Bay will host leaders from across the region and state to develop and execute strategies to reduce opioid deaths.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was originally promoted as a speaker, will not be attending the event, instead sending Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees. The governor’s spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, said DeSantis had not previously confirmed his attendance.
At the launch, the Tampa Bay Partnership will share its takeaways from its preliminary assessment of the opioid crisis in the area, highlighted in the report: The Pandemic within the Epidemic: Tampa Bay’s Opioid Crisis. The report provides data and predictions on just how much the pandemic has affected opioid usage.
Leaders from across the state are expected to discuss the impacts of the opioid epidemic, as well as the statewide efforts to reduce overdose, death and addiction. Researchers will provide information on best practices across multiple sectors and discuss methods to reduce addiction and death.
The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a networking opportunity, and the launch will start at 9 a.m.