Thursday, August 27, 2009

Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

Five people in Florida die every day as a direct result of prescription drug overdoses, including from hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin) and oxycodone (e.g. Oxycontin), according to the Florida Medical Examiners.

Nationally, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says nearly 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, noting that is "more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants combined." The DEA also reports that "opioid painkillers now cause more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined."

If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs, speak to your doctor or other healthcare professional. Many people dealing with addiction deny the need for care, causing great emotional stress for their families and friends.

Florida's Marchman Act was created to address this need for substance abuse treatment. Read A Family Guide to the Florida Marchman Act here.

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