The prescription drug epidemic escalated across the nation about 10 years ago. Sometimes called "hillbilly heroin" - people began prescription drug use to satisfy old drug habits or to start new ones. The epidemic reached to Florida where the startling statistics shocked many. Physicians bought record numbers of one of the prescriptions, oxycodone.
Since then, numbers have significantly decreased as many of the physicians allegedly involved in the prescription drug scandals now face prosecution, are on community supervision or locked up in prison. A combination of intensified efforts of law enforcement and legislation to halt the problem have decreased the attraction of Florida to addicts, dealers or even medical personnel who previously thought the state offered opportunities for prescription drug abuse.
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