Florida Reports Deaths from Oxycodone Declining

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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According to a recent article posted by Tampa Bay Online, fewer people died from oxycodone overdoses for the first time in six years, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Statistics showed that in 2011 there were 1,247 deaths related to overdoses, compared with 1,516 in 2010.  Anti-drug advocates said the findings are an encouraging sign that statewide initiatives such as tougher laws, a prescription pill monitoring program, and police crackdowns are working to eradicate what they call the community’s silent epidemic.

Oxycodone is an analgesic medication synthesized from poppy-derived thebaine.  It is generally prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe, acute, or chronic pain.  There is a high risk of experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms if a patient discontinues its use abruptly.

Over the past few years, Florida has become known as the nation’s main hub for illicit trafficking in prescription painkillers.  The trafficking route, dubbed the “OxyContin Express,” begins on Interstate 75 and extends far north into Canada.

Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, was quoted as saying:  “Thanks to our local, state and federal partners, we are saving lives and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to end prescription drug abuse in Florida.”

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If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to Oxycodone, Phoenix House is here to help.  Email or call our toll free number today: 1 888 671 9392.




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