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Addiction Help Could Save Thousands of Lives in Florida

Here’s the latest stats from Florida – in the first six months of the year 470 people were killed by cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, and 1,324 were killed by prescriptions painkillers and tranquilizers. This is one state that is in serious need of addiction help services.

Which prescription drugs are killing all these people? Methadone, 392; benzodiazepines, e.g. Valium and Xanax, 353; oxycodone, i.e. OxyContin, 323; hydrocodone, e.g. Vicodin and Lortab, 134; morphine, 122.

I would bet that every single person in Florida who reads these statistics knows at least one person who is on one of these prescription drugs.

The article in which this info was published quoted the clinical director of a Miami Hospital’s substance abuse program as attributing the rise in prescription drug addiction and abuse to advertising. He compared them to McDonald’s hamburgers.

I can see the marqui now – OVER TEN BILLION SOLD!!! – not funny, I know.  But, believe me, Big Pharma is laughing all the way to the bank.

Take a stand. Get some addiction help.

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