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47. Pharma Drugs kill more people than illegal drugs
The reports findings track with similar studies by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which has found that roughly seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs. If accurate, that would be an increase of 80 percent in six years and more than the total abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and inhalants.


June 14, 2008
Legal Drugs Kill Far More Than Illegal, Florida Says

By DAMIEN CAVE
MIAMI From Scarface to Miami Vice, Floridas drug problem has been portrayed as the story of a single narcotic: cocaine. But for Floridians, prescription drugs are increasingly a far more lethal habit.

An analysis of autopsies in 2007 released this week by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illicit drugs combined.

Law enforcement officials said that the shift toward prescription-drug abuse, which began here about eight years ago, showed no sign of letting up and that the state must do more to control it.

You have health care providers involved, you have doctor shoppers, and then there are crimes like robbing drug shipments, said Jeff Beasley, a drug intelligence inspector for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which co-sponsored the study. There is a multitude of ways to get these drugs, and thats what makes things complicated.

The reports findings track with similar studies by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which has found that roughly seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs. If accurate, that would be an increase of 80 percent in six years and more than the total abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and inhalants.

The Florida report analyzed 168,900 deaths statewide. Cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines caused 989 deaths, it found, while legal opioids strong painkillers in brand-name drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin caused 2,328.

Drugs with benzodiazepine, mainly depressants like Valium and Xanax, led to 743 deaths. Alcohol was the most commonly occurring drug, appearing in the bodies of 4,179 of the dead and judged the cause of death of 466 fewer than cocaine (843) but more than methamphetamine (25) and marijuana (0).

The study also found that while the number of people who died with heroin in their bodies increased 14 percent in 2007, to 110, deaths related to the opioid oxycodone increased 36 percent, to 1,253.

Florida scrutinizes drug-related deaths more closely than do other states, and so there is little basis for comparison with them.

It has also witnessed several highly publicized cases in recent years that have highlighted the problem. Only last year, an accidental prescription drug overdose killed Anna Nicole Smith in Broward County.

Still, the state has lagged in enforcement. Thirty-eight other states have approved prescription drug monitoring programs that track sales. Florida lawmakers have repeatedly considered similar legislation, but privacy concerns have kept it from passing.

As a result, federal, state and local law enforcement officials say, Florida has become a source of prescription drugs that are illegally sold across the country.

The monitoring plan is our priority effort, but that is not enough, William H. Janes, the Florida director of drug control, said in a statement accompanying the study. He said Florida was also looking at ways to curb illegal Internet sales and to encourage doctors and pharmacists to identify potential abusers.

Some local police departments have taken a more novel approach.

In Broward County on May 31, deputies completed a drug takeback in which $5 Wal-Mart, CVS or Walgreens gift cards were distributed to 150 people who cleaned out their medicine cabinets and turned in unused drugs in an effort to keep them out of young peoples hands.

The abuse has reached epidemic proportions, said Lisa McElhaney, a sergeant in the pharmaceutical drug diversion unit of the Broward County Sheriffs Office. Its just explosive.


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  -D.E.A. Launders Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels alp227  Dec-04-11 01:19 AM   #0 
  - One gets the impression that Washington is all over the place with their cartel policies  RZM   Dec-04-11 01:36 AM   #1 
  - DEA Agents Agree: CIA means Cocaine Importation Agency  Octafish   Dec-04-11 10:16 AM   # 
  - Octafish.please read my comment #55  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 03:31 PM   #56 
  - +1 again..... Thank you Octafish.  Hotler   Dec-05-11 08:39 AM   #93 
  - The problem is that "Washington" isn't all one thing.  TheWraith   Dec-04-11 01:37 PM   #48 
  - I was trying to intimate that fact in my headline  RZM   Dec-04-11 01:51 PM   #50 
  - Yes, but when your overall policy ie; "War on Drugs" is draconian, dysfunctional and corruptive  Uncle Joe   Dec-05-11 12:07 PM   #103 
  - It/They sure are with their "gun smuggling" operations. Pheww. nt  SteveM   Dec-04-11 02:04 PM   #51 
  - End the double standard.  Callisto32   Dec-04-11 05:19 AM   #2 
  - LMITED HANGOUT.  Zhade   Dec-04-11 05:24 AM   #3 
  - Also Plausible Deniability  MaineDeadHead   Dec-04-11 05:51 AM   #4 
  - Ain't that the truth. eom  a la izquierda   Dec-04-11 05:58 AM   #5 
  - Welcome to DU. eom.  Hotler   Dec-04-11 07:57 AM   #8 
  - The DEA agents that I know are brave, courageous, honest,  DebJ   Dec-04-11 08:06 AM   #11 
  - RE : The DEA agents that I know are brave, courageous, honest,  TatonkaJames   Dec-04-11 10:33 AM   #25 
  - You are talking about destroying a multi billion dollar industry  zeemike   Dec-04-11 11:14 AM   #36 
  - TatonkaJames, I am SURE that there are honest DEA agents...  Peace Patriot   Dec-04-11 11:21 AM   #37 
  - RE: "As for legalizing drugs improving peoples lives? Answer me this"  Xicano   Dec-04-11 12:11 PM   #42 
  - Pharma Drugs kill more people than illegal drugs  TatonkaJames   Dec-04-11 01:37 PM   #47 
  - "Drugs are illegal"? Uh no.  boppers   Dec-04-11 03:53 PM   #59 
  - Well, there are several improvements legalization would make.  PavePusher   Dec-04-11 10:54 AM   #28 
  - how about all of the innocent people who have been killed  newspeak   Dec-04-11 11:10 AM   #34 
  - How in the world you think anything as corrupt and disruptive to nations and citizens as Drug War ..  defendandprotect   Dec-04-11 11:57 AM   #40 
  - +1000  DeSwiss   Dec-04-11 09:58 PM   #86 
  - DEA are scum.  Webster Green   Dec-04-11 12:42 PM   #45 
  - There is nothing wrong with defending a DEA agent  Hutzpa   Dec-04-11 03:45 PM   #57 
  - I feel the same way about the brave nurses in my family who  midnight   Dec-04-11 05:52 PM   #79 
  - No need to legaize heroin and Meth... but let's stop filling jails with non-violent Weed smokers.  lib2DaBone   Dec-04-11 06:26 PM   #81 
  - Agreed. We shouldn't lump all drugs together. Marijuana and crack are not similar. nt  limpyhobbler   Dec-04-11 11:53 PM   #89 
  - Brave.. courageous.honest...? That is stretching a lot.. not just a little...  lib2DaBone   Dec-04-11 06:58 PM   #83 
  - You and I have either met different DEA agents, or they percieve you and not me as one of "them"  saras   Dec-05-11 12:02 AM   #90 
  - sorry, all DEA are scum, they willingly are working in pursuit of a murderous, tyrannical policy  stockholmer   Dec-05-11 12:26 AM   #91 
  - Lmao. This is rich.  krabigirl   Dec-05-11 11:20 AM   #101 
  - The DEA and ALL of it's agents are worthless scum. They are garbage and deserve treatment as such.  Dawson Leery   Dec-06-11 12:31 PM   #112 
     - kick  Dawson Leery   Dec-07-11 09:29 PM   #119 
  - bingo  limpyhobbler   Dec-04-11 08:10 AM   #13 
  - Matthews referred to "modified limited hangout" last week, in a different context.  No Elephants   Dec-04-11 06:13 AM   #6 
  - That's my read on it, too. The Bushwhacks corrupted everything they touched including the DEA.  Peace Patriot   Dec-04-11 10:33 AM   #26 
  - Organized crime only exists at the pleasure and with the help of elites/corps who control our  defendandprotect   Dec-04-11 10:53 PM   #88 
  - There is evidence that the CIA was active against leftist governments in LatAm.  Peace Patriot   Dec-05-11 10:18 AM   #95 
     - What CIA was doing around the world, they also did in USA ... which is why we are so damaged -- !!  defendandprotect   Dec-05-11 10:25 AM   #96 
  - Wow! n/t  Hotler   Dec-05-11 08:02 AM   #92 
  - at least.  russspeakeasy   Dec-04-11 04:28 PM   #62 
  - We must create evil in order to fight evil, except we don't really fight evil all that much, either.  No Elephants   Dec-04-11 06:15 AM   #7 
  - But these tactics do end up catching some really big dealers,  DebJ   Dec-04-11 08:00 AM   #9 
  - So what?  Ezlivin   Dec-04-11 09:58 AM   #19 
  - So how do you regulate a user of cocaine, for example, one  DebJ   Dec-04-11 10:13 AM   #21 
  - Do kids see their parents drink alcohol?  PavePusher   Dec-04-11 10:57 AM   #30 
  - This is an argument for the prohibition of alcohol and cigarettes and who knows what else.  JackRiddler   Dec-04-11 01:48 PM   #49 
  - Help them, don't throw them in jail.  krabigirl   Dec-05-11 11:18 AM   #99 
  - I want to see the big dope dealers rotting in jail cells. I  DebJ   Dec-04-11 10:15 AM   #22 
  - What you're talking about  theaocp   Dec-04-11 11:12 AM   #35 
  - Presume you know that would be top government officials -- ???  defendandprotect   Dec-05-11 10:28 AM   #97 
  - "Ain't nobody's Business if you do" yes it is because it rots  DebJ   Dec-04-11 10:16 AM   #23 
     - DebJ, I hear you. And I agree to this extent: We should be helping families and children  Peace Patriot   Dec-04-11 12:01 PM   #41 
     - What deb said reminds me of a statement by michael moore  newspeak   Dec-05-11 12:29 PM   #105 
     - Do you like and enjoy freedom?  Ezlivin   Dec-05-11 04:45 PM   #107 
  - If the DEA were effective, how does drug abuse destroy so many people?  No Elephants   Dec-04-11 02:13 PM   #52 
  - Wow..  krabigirl   Dec-05-11 11:19 AM   #100 
  - Goodness, We Sure Are Selective About It, Aren't We?  NashVegas   Dec-05-11 12:10 PM   #104 
  - They're running guns and laundering money.  CanonRay   Dec-04-11 08:04 AM   #10 
  - Is anyone else connecting the dots here?  Le Taz Hot   Dec-04-11 08:10 AM   #12 
  - Legal dispensaries are not exactly big crime, either, are they?  No Elephants   Dec-04-11 02:22 PM   #53 
  - The New York Times left out the part about....  Hotler   Dec-04-11 08:25 AM   #14 
  - of course  Rosa Luxemburg   Dec-04-11 09:27 AM   #17 
  - "which banks and companies are being used by the D.E.A. to launder the money?"  dixiegrrrrl   Dec-04-11 09:41 AM   #18 
  - AND the BIGGESTbanking cartel of them all is...  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 10:10 AM   #20 
  - I was wonder that. CIA running the drugs. Federal Reserve laundering it. eom.  Hotler   Dec-04-11 04:42 PM   #65 
  - Thanks. That lead me to some interesting information.  Gregorian   Dec-04-11 09:45 PM   #85 
  - K/R  defendandprotect   Dec-05-11 10:29 AM   #98 
  - Excellent point. And only scratching the surface.  JackRiddler   Dec-04-11 11:42 AM   #39 
  - but are the CEOs of these banks nervous?  Rosa Luxemburg   Dec-04-11 12:58 PM   #46 
  - Viktor Bout was charged with money laundering...  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 03:24 PM   #55 
  - Shit! I forgot about the BCCI. They know how to run drugs  Hotler   Dec-04-11 04:46 PM   #66 
  - That was really deep too...  deconstruct911   Dec-04-11 04:22 PM   #61 
  - Let's not forget "Sir Allen Stanford" of Houston,Texas  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 04:41 PM   #64 
     - I think he got his ass kick in prison awhile back. eom.  Hotler   Dec-04-11 04:48 PM   #67 
        - Here's a few TOP links for Stanford and Bush entrerprises and a "Sir"prize,too!  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 04:57 PM   #70 
  - Remember Operation Gladio and "suicided" banker Roberto Calvi...  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 05:16 PM   #73 
  - I think that was even connected to Clearstream.....  deconstruct911   Dec-04-11 05:22 PM   #74 
     - Veddy interesting that so many on SCOTUS are now Opus Dei  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 06:19 PM   #80 
  - More in your face  deconstruct911   Dec-12-11 02:18 AM   #120 
     - More stuff that makes you go hmmmmm! n/t  Hotler   Dec-12-11 07:29 AM   #121 
  - The irony...  deconstruct911   Dec-04-11 04:58 PM   #71 
     - That is awesome. Thank you. eom.  Hotler   Dec-04-11 05:15 PM   #72 
  - New York Times Mexican Connection  Selena Harris   Dec-04-11 03:50 PM   #58 
  - Catherine Austin Fitts names names.  Octafish   Dec-04-11 04:36 PM   #63 
     - +1 n/t  Hotler   Dec-04-11 04:55 PM   #69 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-04-11 09:12 AM   #15 
  - I remember poppy bush  newspeak   Dec-04-11 10:36 AM   #27 
  - Sounds like the Reagan era  Rosa Luxemburg   Dec-04-11 09:25 AM   #16 
  - I don't remember having a really good feeling about the U.S.  russspeakeasy   Dec-04-11 10:56 AM   #29 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-04-11 10:26 AM   #24 
  - I think you need to go further back  newspeak   Dec-04-11 11:04 AM   #32 
  - Daniel Hopsicker's MadCowProd.com ...nt  wildbilln864   Dec-04-11 11:02 AM   #31 
  - +1 n/t  Hotler   Dec-04-11 04:52 PM   #68 
  - How many times must I say it?  theaocp   Dec-04-11 11:07 AM   #33 
  - The war on drugs needs to end NOW!!  Initech   Dec-04-11 11:31 AM   #38 
  - Ha! "Fight" against drug cartels. Yeah, the US fights against drug cartels  valerief   Dec-04-11 12:18 PM   #43 
  - K & R - bookmarking  Raksha   Dec-04-11 12:24 PM   #44 
  - The DEA is essentially a criminal organization, worse than the mafia.  FreeBillClinton   Dec-04-11 03:13 PM   #54 
  - and does anyone really think the "drug cartels' built those tunnels  mrarundale   Dec-04-11 04:18 PM   #60 
  - K&R n/t  DeSwiss   Dec-04-11 05:29 PM   #75 
  - Shocking.  EFerrari   Dec-04-11 05:32 PM   #76 
  - I wish I could say I'm shocked by this...  NICO9000   Dec-04-11 05:41 PM   #77 
  - PSSST !  hourglass1   Dec-04-11 05:51 PM   #78 
  - Let me ask a simple question... What if.....  lib2DaBone   Dec-04-11 06:46 PM   #82 
  - Didn't Reagan (Iran Contra) prove that DEA trades drugs for guns?  lib2DaBone   Dec-04-11 07:01 PM   #84 
  - Kicking cause this is a good read. eom.  Hotler   Dec-05-11 08:42 AM   #94 
  - K & R. nt  bertman   Dec-04-11 09:59 PM   #87 
  - This Federal Government is self serving and out of Control  DreamSmoker   Dec-05-11 12:04 PM   #102 
  - Our Government is running illegal Guns and now Cash?  Hotler   Dec-05-11 04:55 PM   #109 
     - Since WW2 is probably very accurate  deconstruct911   Dec-05-11 06:38 PM   #110 
        - but money laundering for drugs  newspeak   Dec-06-11 09:52 AM   #111 
           - yes. the War on Drugs provides a way for terrorists to raise money  RainDog   Dec-06-11 03:15 PM   #113 
           - ...  deconstruct911   Dec-06-11 03:58 PM   #114 
              - How old is that toon? eom.  Hotler   Dec-06-11 04:07 PM   #115 
                 - I decided to find out lol  deconstruct911   Dec-06-11 07:40 PM   #117 
                    - Wow! That toon goes back to the Gary Webb stories. eom.  Hotler   Dec-06-11 07:49 PM   #118 
  - kick 4 exposure. nt  wildbilln864   Dec-05-11 04:06 PM   #106 
  - & kick again! nt  wildbilln864   Dec-06-11 05:28 PM   #116 
  - kicking n/t  Hotler   Dec-05-11 04:50 PM   #108 
 

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