According to The Miami Herald, deaths due to prescription drug overdose decreased in Florida by 17 percent last year.
Deaths resulting from cocaine, heroin and fentanyl increased, however, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). A report based on data from state medical examiners confirmed these results.
Alcohol remains the most common substance found in drug induced deaths. The FDLE believes the decrease in prescription medication deaths is a direct result of the state’s successful efforts to close down pill mills, which are pain management clinics that sell prescription opiates to people who want to buy narcotics.
The drugs which caused the most fatalities in Florida last year were benzodiazepines, oxycodone, methadone, cocaine, ethyl alcohol, morphine, hydrocodone and diazepam.