opioid-related disorders; opioid-related disorders/epidemiology; opioid-related disorders/prevention and control; substance-related disorders; opiate overdose; risk factors; adolescent; epidemics; pandemics


Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Administration | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health Education and Promotion | Substance Abuse and Addiction


The opioid crisis poses a substantial threat to youth throughout the nation. This crisis has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, reversing some of the positive national trends in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Some risk factors for youth opioid use have been identified nationally. The South Florida tri-county region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach is a culturally distinct region which may not follow national trends and likely has unique risk and protective factors. To address the concerning spike in youth opioid use in South Florida, a community coalition was formed to identify factors unique to South Florida and create a plan for early awareness and prevention.