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Prescription drug overdose deaths soar in Florida [government database coming soon]
Miami Herald ^ | July 1

Posted on 07/01/2009 3:19:29 PM PDT by daivid

Nearly 1,000 deaths were caused in 2008 by the potent painkiller oxycodone -- a 33 percent increase from 2007, the report says. Four years ago, only 340 deaths statewide were attributed to oxycodone, the most popular drug in the black-market pill trade supplied by pain clinics.

Conversely, deaths from cocaine overdoses declined by 23 percent, to 648 in 2008.

Overall, prescription drugs accounted for 75 percent of the drugs found in overdose victims last year, the report says.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: prescriptiondrugs
To remedy the situation, a statewide database will be created to track patients using certain prescription drugs:
The prescription database is designed to detect addicts and drug dealers buying pills from multiple doctors -- often by faking ailments or medical records -- a practice known as ``doctor shopping.''

1 posted on 07/01/2009 3:19:29 PM PDT by daivid
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To: daivid

Biggest scams and most scam artists in the nation? FL, CA, AZ

2 posted on 07/01/2009 3:21:11 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

My ex wife takes Xanax by the handfull. She doctor shops. She even gets Vicodan which she sells or trades for more Xanax.

3 posted on 07/01/2009 3:25:33 PM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: umgud

Xanax=Freeze Dried Jack Daniel’s.

4 posted on 07/01/2009 3:30:41 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal.)
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To: daivid

FYI...those Fentanyl patches are very dangerous. My mom almost died in 2007 from one while she was in cancer treatment. Somehow the drug released too much at one time.

5 posted on 07/01/2009 3:38:14 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: daivid

What a bunch of crap. Cigarettes and Alcohol kill more people.

hell cars kill more people.

Hospitals alone kill more people with wrong prescriptions and poor sanitation that causes MRSA.

Let’s start with those things first.

I mean Jeeze, tackle the big problems!

6 posted on 07/01/2009 3:49:17 PM PDT by Vendome
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