Shocking news emerged this week that in 2009, Florida distributed more than half a billion doses of oxycodone. This is attributed to the growth of the pill mill industry throughout the state.
“The increase in distribution of oxycodone in Florida is what we would expect to see occur with the rise in the illegal pill mill business,” said Mark R. Trouville, special agent in charge for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in south Florida.
There were 523 million doses of oxycodone distributed in 2009. That is an increase of 100 million doses of oxycodone from 2008.
“These pill mills were making a mint, and then you saw an exponential increase in the number of people getting into it….especially among the criminal element,” said Bruce Grant, the former drug czar in Florida.