Oxy-related deaths up 264% in Fla.

In Florida, where prescription drug addiction is rampant, 16,650 people died of pill-related overdoses between 2003 and 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the number of deaths in 2009 involving prescription drugs was four times the number involving illicit drugs, the CDC found. The greatest increase was observed in the death rate from oxycodone (264.6%), followed by alprazolam (233.8%) and methadone (79.2%).

Finally, the official statistics are catching up to the reality on the ground.

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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