Addiction Help Needed for Florida Prescription Drug Users
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office has recently stated that “prescription drug abuse has become more fatal than abuse of illegal street drugs”. The top two drugs that people overdose on in Tampa, FL are Oxycodone (which can be formulated as Percocet and OxyContin) and Methadone used to “treat” heroin addiction and for chronic pain.
What’s really interesting is that Florida was approved for a prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP, that is supposed to help prevent people from getting multiple prescriptions filled (a.k.a. doctor shopping). But, after approval, the program wasn’t provided with any funding by legislature. Apparently, $1 million needs to be raised by Florida’s Office of Drug Control, and only $150,000 of that has managed to be gotten together.
I absolutely believe that this needs to be a very high priority for Florida. The death toll, as of now, is around 300 people per year in Hillsborough County alone. People of all walks, young, old, richer and poorer are getting their hands on prescription drugs and taking them in lethal doses.
If you or someone you know has a problem with prescription drugs, it’s imperative that you get addiction help now. You could save a life!