Florida Health Department Calls Out NYC for Saying to “Be Empowered” in Using Drugs

May 31, 2022 Updated 8:53 AM ET

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May 31, 2022 Updated 8:46 A.M. ET

NEW YORK CITY (FLV) –  The Florida Department of Health criticized New York City’s substance use disorder poster that tells residents to be empowered that they are using “safely” and not to use drugs alone.

The NYC poster tells residents to prevent an overdose by not using drugs alone and taking turns, starting with a small dose and going slowly, and having naloxone on hand.

“Don’t be ashamed you are using, be empowered that you are using safely,” the poster said. 

The poster warns people about fentanyl being found in heroin, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, and pressed bills. So NYC encourages people to test their drugs using fentanyl test strips before using.

The Florida Department of Health on Twitter said “this ain’t it” and linked to the sunshine state’s website where people can receive help. 

“If you’re suffering from substance use disorder, please reach out for help from @MyFLFamilies here: https://bit.ly/3LUBI5z.”

The Florida Department of Health said it provides treatment for substance abuse through a community-based provider system that offers detoxification, treatment and recovery support for adolescents and adults affected by substance misuse, abuse or dependence.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill in May to crack down on the distribution of fentanyl and increase penalties for those dealing in Florida.

Fentanyl was the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45 in 2021 according to DeSantis.

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