Friday, March 20, 2009
Prescription drug overdoses kill more people in Florida than illicit drug overdoses.
Dr. Stephen R. West, a cardiologist and President of the Florida State Medical Association had an interesting editorial in the Tallahasee paper today, March 20, 2009. Here is part of what Dr. West's editorial reads:
Florida's rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed to the point that prescription drug overdose deaths surpass the number of all illicit drug overdose deaths combined. Every day, five to seven Floridians die as a direct result of prescription drug overdoses. Drug diversion and "doctor shopping" are at the heart of this unfortunate trend, and the more prescribers in the market, the greater the potential for abuse of the system.
You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.
This is article #15 in a series on Drugs kill.