Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
July 2, 2014
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Centers for Disease Control Report Highlights Florida’s Efforts to End Prescription Drug Abuse

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi has fought the prescription drug abuse epidemic since she first took office, and yesterday the Centers for Disease and Prevention released a report highlighting Florida’s success in reversing drug overdose trends. The report shows that Florida has the first documented substantial decline in drug overdose mortality of any state during the past 10 years. Florida was once known as the “Pill Mill Capital of the Country” with 98 of the top 100 Oxycodone dispensing doctors residing in the state and at least seven people dying a day from prescription drugs. Prescription drug related deaths decreased by 23 percent from 2010 to 2012.

“It is my hope that Florida can serve as a model for other states tackling prescription drug abuse. I am proud that we have gone from having 98 of the top doctors dispensing Oxycodone in Florida to none here today. We have come a long way in reversing the upward trend of prescription drug related deaths, but our battle is not over,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

See link below to review the Centers of Disease Control Vital Signs report: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JMEE-9LMNTR/$file/CDC.pdf