FDLE makes a press release on September 24, 2013 boasting about prescription drug deaths falling across Florida. The supply of the drugs has been shut down so much that doctors and pharmacists are scared to prescribe and fill certain opiate pain medication. Doctors and pharmacists have been the target over prosecution across the state. We need FDLE and the state of Florida to start boasting about all the treatment facilities and education programs available for these overly addictive drugs. The State of Florida should be proud of the reduction in the prescription drug deaths, however more needs to be done. So what happens when the prescription pills supply are cut off by the government? Heroin starts to skyrocket.
A close look at the Drug caused deaths in 2010, 2011, and 2012 clearly show a consistent increase in deaths associated with Heroin. The 2012 deaths from Heroin is almost double from the 2011 calendar year. As a criminal attorney in Orlando, I have the opportunity to see the effects of the prescription pills and particularly opiates. We often see individuals who are involved in a minor accident and then a doctor overprescribes the opiates. Before they know it, they become addicted and will do whatever it takes to get the drug. Unfortunately, the treatment available is very limited especially for individuals who may not have the private funds or a great insurance plan. Rather than press releases on reduction in deaths, we need press releases on education and treatment opportunities.
Source: Florida Department of law Enforcement