JourneyPure Emerald Coast serves several cities along the Florida panhandle. Chief among these cities are:
Panama City is the county seat of Florida’s Bay County. Located along U.S. Route 98, it is the largest city between Tallahassee and Pensacola. With a population of roughly 35,000, it is the more populated of two principal cities of Panama City-Lynn Haven. The federal government is the Panama City’s largest employer. Two military bases, Tyndall Air Force Base and the Florida Army National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade, call Panama City home.
By 2013, Panama City Beach had earned a reputation as being a premiere spring break destination for college-age party-goers, with alcohol consumption permitted on its public beaches. In May 2013, after reports of sexual and physical assault, as well as increasing rates of alcohol-related emergencies, the Panama City Beach City Council curtailed drinking in public parking lots and alcohol sales after 2 a.m. and expanded police officers’ jurisdiction to stop and search partygoers. While these and like measures have led to a decrease in drug trafficking, robbery, theft, assault and public nudity, they have also led to scarcer crowds and diminishing profits for Panama City Beach.
Destin is a city located in Florida’s Okaloosa County. It is the principal city of the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Florida metropolitan area. Destin is located on the state’s Emerald Coast, on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. The area is known for its white beaches and popular tourist attractions, but the residential population is just under 12,000.
Miramar Beach is a city located in Walton County with a population of around 6,000. This is not to be confused with the city of Miramar, Florida, which is located 600 miles away in Florida’s Broward County. Located just east of Destin, the beach resort town of Miramar Beach contains just over 2,000 residents within its five square miles. A retiree’s paradise, the median age of residents of Miramar is 56.
Tallahassee is the also the county seat and only incorporated municipality of Leon County. As of 2016, the population of Tallahassee is just over 190,000, making it the seventh-largest city in the state. As the capital of Florida, Tallahassee is the site of the Florida State Capital, the Supreme Court of Florida, Florida Governor’s Mansion, and approximately 30 state agency headquarters. As such, the State of Florida is Tallahassee’s top employer, followed by Florida State University, Publix, and Florida A&M University.
Pensacola is the westernmost city of Florida’s Panhandle. Measuring 13 miles from the Alabama border, Pensacola is the county seat of Escambia County. The city has a population of just over 50,000, though the Pensacola metropolitan area boasts a population of nearly half a million. Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay. It is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico. The first nation’s first Naval Air Station is located southwest of Pensacola. It is the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Naval Aviation Museum.
In 2017, the Florida Medical Examiners Commission reported that heroin overdose deaths in Pensacola hit a record high in 2014 with 12 heroin-related deaths. This was followed by 28 heroin-related deaths in 2015. Meanwhile, abuse of opioids like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin saw a similarly dramatic rise.
JourneyPure Emerald Coast serves a large portion of the Florida panhandle, including Bay, Leon, Escambia, Okaloosa, and Walton counties.As recent evidence shows, the locations served by JourneyPure Emerald Coast reflect much of what is happening in Florida and nationwide. The opioid epidemic has unfortunately reached into these sunny waterfront towns and small cities, ravaging both the senior population and the youth with their numbing, disorienting, and highly addictive side effects.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamines, or any other addictive substance, we urge you to contact us at JourneyPure Emerald Coast today. Admissions coordinators are standing by.
Opioid Abuse in Bay County
In June 2017, several representatives from law enforcement joined health professionals at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County to discuss opioid abuse and how to solve the problem. It was here that Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2017 had already matched those of 2016.
Most of these overdose cases involved fentanyl, heroin, and carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
In fact, the Florida Medical Examiners Commission reported in 2015 that opioids were either the cause or present in the deaths of 230 state residents. The following is the Florida Medical Examiners’ breakdown of overdose deaths:
- Oxycodone: 34
- Hydrocodone: 45
- Methadone: 29
- Morphine: 64
- Fentanyl: 30
- Heroin: 28
The Florida Medical Examiners report was released as Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump labeled the opioid issue a public health crisis.
Prescription drugs killed more Floridians statewide than street drugs such as heroin in 2016. The number of Oxycodone-caused deaths represented an increase of 28 percent.
Also of note was the number of controlled substances prescribed statewide. Bay County and its surrounding counties were among the leaders in having the highest number of prescriptions in several drug categories.
To some, being away from treatment can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why we developed an app designed to track of our patients’ daily recovery goals. JourneyPure Coaching™ is a free, digital recovery plan provided to every JourneyPure patient.
Through JourneyPure Coaching™, patients track their daily and weekly goals and access a recovery coach. This recovery coach is assigned by JourneyPure to provide accountability and support for one-year after treatment at no charge. At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we are committed to our patients’ success in recovery and strive to reduce the ever-present relapse rates that come with this disease. This is just one more tool we provide our patients to set them up for success in recovery.
What is JourneyPure?
JourneyPure Emerald Coast is a part of the JourneyPure family of addiction treatment facilities. Located in Panama City Beach, JourneyPure is a behavioral healthcare company with facilities located across the southeast aimed at setting the standard in addiction treatment. We provide real solutions to the addiction epidemic by deploying systems of care to communities with the greatest need. We believe every person and their family should be afforded a chance to recover, no matter their circumstances. At JourneyPure, our mission is to help patients get healthy and stay healthy. Learn more about our passion for our patients and commitment to their long-term recovery.