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Florida Overdose Death Figures Help Explain Soaring Demand For Oxycodone Detox
Florida overdose death from prescription in 2010 increased nearly 9 percent over 2009, and the painkiller oxycodone topped the list of killer drugs.
2010 was the second year in a row that prescription drugs surpassed illegal drugs as a cause of death – for example, oxycodone killed almost three times as many people as cocaine.
In all, there were 2,710 deaths in Florida caused by prescription drugs last year, compared to 2,488 in 2009.
The Florida Medical Examiners Commission report helps explain why the demand for oxycodone detox in Florida has been rising steadily for several years. More people in Florida are abusing oxycodone. And sooner or later, if they don’t die from an oxycodone overdose first, they seek oxycodone detox treatment.
The report shows how oxycodone, with 1,516 overdose deaths, topped the list of the six most lethal prescription drugs in the state of Florida last year – oxycodone, alprazolam (Xanax), methadone, hydrocodone, morphine and diazepam (Valium).
The benzodiazepines (Valium and Xanax) were second with 1,304 deaths, and methadone came in third with 694 deaths.
Oxycodone abusers are usually younger people, in their 20s and 30s. But there are plenty of older Floridians, including seniors, who have become addicted to oxycodone, or at least dependent on it. Regardless of the age, many people become dependent on oxycodone from taking legitimate prescriptions for pain relief. The main reason for this is said to be inadequate warnings and supervision by prescribing physicians.
On the up side for Florida, the state is moving forward with a state-wide prescription drug monitoring system, which will help control illegal prescriptions. On that same front, Florida has just enacted a new statute that penalizes doctors who overprescribe painkillers, and tightens prescribing rules for pharmacies. Add to that the crackdown on Florida’s hundreds of so-called “pill mills”, and one begins to hope the situation will soon begin to turn around.
The medical examiners’ report also found that Pinellas County and Pasco County led the state in prescription drug deaths. It’s not known if these statistics are accurate, because not all counties perform autopsies or check for drugs in the same way. Suffice it to say that, regardless of the math, Pinellas and Pasco Counties are off the charts for tragic oxycodone deaths.
The good news for anyone near Pasco County suffering from oxycodone dependence, or who is connected to someone with an oxycodone problem, is that one of the leading oxycodone detox facilities in the state is right there in Pasco County.
Novus Medical Detox Center has many years of experience dealing with oxycodone detox at their state-of-the-art drug detox facilities in Pasco County. Novus Medical Detox Center is widely favored because it offers more comfortable oxycodone detox – minimal withdrawal symptoms, 24/7 medical supervision, and an experienced staff who have “been there”. Oxycodone detox is still the first step in treatment for anyone who has decided to recover their life. And Novus Medical Detox Center is the best choice for achieving that goal.
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