DESPITE NEW CRACKDOWNS OXYCODONE DEATHS RISE

Photobucket SOUTH FLORIDA (AUGUST 17, 2011) – Despite new legislative efforts with stricter regulations on pain clinics and dispensing of narcotic painkillers, deaths from oxycodone overdoses continue to rise in South Florida. Governor Rick Scott believed the state’s effort to make it harder for pill mills to operate in the state would decrease the number of deaths from narcotic painkillers. The numbers continue to rise.
The number of oxycodone-related deaths rose from 2009 by about 8 percent. Jim Hall, director of the Center for the Study & Prevention of Substance Abuse at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, feels there won’t be much improvement in the numbers until late in the year.
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