Decline in Drug Overdose Deaths After State Policy Changes — Florida, 2010–2012

  title={Decline in Drug Overdose Deaths After State Policy Changes — Florida, 2010–2012},
  author={Hal Johnson and Leonard Joseph Paulozzi and Christina A. Porucznik and Karin Ann Mack and Blake Herter},
  booktitle={MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report},
During 2003-2009, the number of deaths caused by drug overdose in Florida increased 61.0%, from 1,804 to 2,905, with especially large increases in deaths caused by the opioid pain reliever oxycodone and the benzodiazepine alprazolam. In response, Florida implemented various laws and enforcement actions as part of a comprehensive effort to reverse the trend. This report describes changes in overdose deaths for prescription and illicit drugs and changes in the prescribing of drugs frequently… CONTINUE READING


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