Pensacola, Florida (WKRG) — Addiction treatment experts say opioid abuse has been widespread in Escambia County, Florida over the past two years.
“It’s getting worse,” said Sandra Crawford. “It’s not getting better.”
Crawford is the director of addiction treatment at Lakeview Center, a Baptist health facility in Pensacola. She helps people who are addicted to painkillers and says that the opioid crisis during the pandemic has led more people to go through the door for help.
“COVID has created so many factors that it has been very difficult in the last few years,” Crawford said. “It made people more isolated in many ways, created more depression, more stress, and created financial difficulties.”
The Florida Law Enforcement Department says the problem is exacerbated by “pill mills” like the Wilson Family Medical Center at University Parkway. Authorities say it didn’t look like an internal clinic. The patient went there and didn’t see a doctor, but left with thousands of pills.
Dr. William Wilson, his wife Beverly, and their son James were all arrested. Researchers said one of the patients received 20,000 tablets over the years.
FDLE is about one patient Press conference Tuesday.
“He received a prescription for oxycodone, and the next day he died of an overdose of oxycodone,” said FDLE special agent Chris Williams.
Crawford encourages everyone to become familiar with Narkan, as it can save lives shortly after someone overdose.
“We make it available to people … make it available to families,” Crawford said. “I don’t know how many people were treated and still alive and someone said they were with us because it was available because they had Narkan.”
The Lake View Center has a 24-hour mobile-enabled team. If you need help with addiction or depression, please call 866-517-7766.You can visit the center Website To learn more about the types of treatment services they offer.
https://www.wkrg.com/northwest-florida/pensacolas-lakeview-center-sees-more-people-seeking-help-for-opioid-addiction/ “It’s not getting better”: Pensacola’s Lakeview Center is seeing more people seeking help with opioid addiction