There is a county in Florida called Pinellas where the police are drilled each day to round up people that literally go to a store front and get their prescriptions for pain killers. It seems that the brand name OxyContin is the brand name for Oxycodone. According to the 2010 Florida Medical Examiners Report, seven people die every 24 hours from a Prescription Drug Overdose.
In Portsmouth ,Ohio the amount of pill addicts have gone up and the people that live there is not the image of your typical drug addict. They are middle America tax paying citizens. They just regard their addictions as taking medications and therefore they are safe. The people are not needle sharing heroin addicts in dark alleys but they are just as messed up as the alley taking drug addict.
The admission to the party is a pill deposit at the door. There is always alcohol at the party too. Anyone can take as many pills as they want during the partying. In combination he is finding that within 3 minutes the kids are dead. There is a parent of one of these victims that started “The Narcotics Prevention Task Force” and is lecturing throughout the state.
She has been spreading her message throughout Florida and the number of drug abusers are finally in decline. Starting this week Florida has finally set up a state wide data base that will track the most addictive pain killers. It is just a start into solving the problem. It’s estimated 48,000,000 americans age 12 and older have used prescription drugs for “non-medical” reasons.