Florida Aims To Decrease Prescription Drug-Related Deaths

Many individuals develop a dependency to prescription medications over time, but many physicians are unaware of the addiction. Recently, data emerged from 2009 that showed that prescription drug misuse accounted for 86 percent of illicit substance-related deaths in Florida. Now, law enforcement officials are working to lower this number.

School officials and drug treatment clinics are combining efforts with officials to raise awareness of the problem in Florida, according to the Herald-Tribune. A new initiative has been launched, titled the “Campaign for Responsible Prescriptions.” The goal is to reduce the rate of opiate addiction and hospitalizations as a result of prescription drug misuse.

Participants are working to teach medical officials how to identify the signs of prescription medication addiction in patients. Experts say that individuals who have a dependency may exhibit exaggerated symptoms in order to receive additional doses.

The number of Americans who take at least one prescription drug a day increased from 44 percent to 48 percent over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help individuals who are struggling with addiction.