Oxy replacing crack cocaine: Fla. county jail officials

WPBF 25, the local affiliate of MSNBC in Palm Beach, Fla., discusses the disturbing uptick in the number of female inmates at St. Lucie County Jail who are addicted to prescription painkillers like OxyContin in this article. Jail officials say the number of female inmates has risen from 12 to 18 percent in the last two years, and that 80 percent of them are incarcerated due to some connection with prescription painkillers. According to one official, “we’re seeing this painkiller medication replace crack cocaine. It’s very easy to get hold of, it’s highly addictive, it’s ruining lives, it’s killing people, we’re inundated by parents and friends calling and saying what can you do for my daughter and son, and we’re trying our best to do something about it, but it’s very difficult.”

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