Pill-related overdoses skyrocket in Fla.

Prescription drug-related deaths in Florida spiked by 20 percent in Florida last year over 2008, according to a new report released by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, the Epoch Times reports. Prescription drugs contributed to more than 8,600 deaths in Florida in 2009, up from 6,200 reported in 2008, the article says. The four leading deadly substances were heroin, methadone, oxycodone, and fentanyl, and the leading cause of death continues to be heroin which contributed to 85% of drug fatalities, according to the article.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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