Florida’s pill problem: not just a southern thing

Florida’s reputation as Pill Central is nothing new, but often the spotlight is on the state’s southern region. It seems the effects of the painkiller addiction epidemic are now being felt in central Florida as well, according to this article. Jails are filling up with prisoners going through withdrawals and the court system is overwhelmed with cases related to prescription drugs, the article says. So far, the Volusia County narcotics unit has confiscated 18,439 pills through the first six months of the year compared to just under 8,000 pills during all of 2010 (more than 80 percent of which were oxycodone), and more than 9,600 people were arrested for drug offenses in 2010 compared to about 6,000 in 2009, the article says.

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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