Florida Drug Detox Can Help Reduce State's Prescription Drug Death Rate

Florida Drug Detox Can Help Reduce State's Prescription Drug Death Rate

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has revealed that deaths caused by prescription drugs in 2007 were three times higher than those caused by illegal drugs. The rising death rate is an indicator of the state's soaring increase in prescription drug addiction and dependency, a fact that any Florida drug detox center could confirm.

Published in conjunction with the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, the Department's annual report on Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons last week shows that more than 168,900 people died during 2007 in Florida, and 8,620 of those - more than 5 percent - were found to have died with one or more illicit or prescription drugs in their bodies.

The report indicates that prescription drugs including all the benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, and all painkiller opioids (excluding heroin) continued to be found more often than illicit drugs in both lethal and non-lethal levels. In fact, the prescription drugs were triple the illicit drugs.

The report says the three most frequently found drugs were alcohol, benzodiazepines and cocaine. The drugs that caused the most deaths were cocaine, methadone, benzodiazepines, oxycodone, alcohol, hydrocodone, and morphine. Incidences of oxycodone, methadone, cocaine, hydrocodone, alprazolam, diazepam, alcohol and heroin all increased in 2007. And only two of those - cocaine and heroin - are not standard prescription drugs.

Benzodiazepines, whether obtained illegally or not, are technically prescription drugs. Benzos are among the most dangerously addictive drugs around, and can present serious withdrawal problems unless managed in a medical drug detox setting.

You should notice that alcohol is on the medical examiners' list of drugs that caused the most deaths. Withdrawal from alcohol dependence is also a potentially very dangerous situation - probably more than most people realize - and should be managed in medical drug detox.

The state collects autopsy tox-screen data for a wide variety of substances, and most of them these days include a long list of prescription drugs - the same ones routinely treated at Florida drug detox centers these days. In many parts of Florida, drug detox centers are experiencing the same percentages in treatment as the medical examiners are finding in autopsy - more prescription drug dependencies than illicit drugs.

And the backgrounds and lifestyles of those suffering from dependence and addiction are changing. As prescription drug abuse skyrockets, dependence and addiction are more and more a white-collar problem. Ordinary soccer moms and dads, and young professionals, are entering drug detox to deal with what often starts as a medical prescription or occasional recreational drug use that simply got out of hand.

In other words, prescription drugs are dangerously toxic, rapidly and very sneakily addictive, and they can cause death. At the first sign of dependence, the first thing to do is get into a medical drug detox program and nip the dependence in the bud.

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