Prescription drug deaths falling across Florida
Police chiefs from the 22 participating communities joined Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D McDonald Jr. in launching the program. Cruz and McDonald spoke of the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. In 2012, there were 27 fatalities from opiates in Plymouth County. In 2013, we have already had 29 drug-related deaths, Cruz said. Opiate abuse begins in our homes and our young people find themselves hooked on highly additive drugs leading to devastation for families and the unintended addiction to stronger drugs such as heroin. McDonald said he sees the same problems among the inmates at the county jail. In last few years, we have seen a tremendous increase of inmates who self-report that they are experiencing problems with opiates and many of those individual are very much younger in starting with those drugs than they have been in the past, McDonald said.
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POLICE FIRST ARRESTED SHAQUITA GUTHERIE. AND DETECTIVES SAY THROUGH THAT ARREST..THEY LEARNED OF 38-YEAR OLD TIFFANIE SIMON..THE APPARENT RING LEADER. POLICE SAY SIMON WAS CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE USING THE ILLEGALLY FILLED OUT PRESCRIPTION ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS. AND JUST THIS THURSDAY..POLICE NABBED SIMON’S 18-YEAR OLD SON..CHAZ. LIKE MOTHER..LIKE SON. TIFFANIE SIMON IS STILL AT LARGE..SO POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE COMMUNITIES EYES AND EARS. Police said the illegal sale of prescription drugs has surged in the Louisville area, but detectives were able to put two key players in a prescription drug ring behind bars.
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Police arrest woman, teen in prescription drug ring
Governor Rick Scott said, aWith Florida at a 42 year crime low – itas thanks to our heroes in law enforcement that Florida families are safer today. Weall continue working with partners across the state to ensure we keep families safe.a Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “While this drastic decline in deaths caused by prescription drugs is great, we must remain steadfast in our efforts to save more lives from prescription drug abuse.” The report shows that in 2012, drugs were either present or the cause of death in 8,330 Floridians, down from 9,135 in 2011. Drug deaths fell not only in oxycodone, but fewer people died in 2012 from methadone, hydrocodone and cocaine as well. aThe impact of Florida law enforcement is being felt by the pill traffickers,a said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “I’m pleased with the report but there is still work to do.a In March 2011, Governor Scott created the Statewide Drug Enforcement Strike Force teams and along with General Bondi, worked with lawmakers to close loopholes that allowed illegitimate doctors and pharmacies to overprescribe and dispense these dangerous drugs a often under the guise of a pain clinic. aFloridaas Sheriffs are pleased to see the continued reduction in drug-related deaths. It is because of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database and the Drug Strike Force teams that law enforcement has been able to crack down on prescription drug abuse,a said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. aThis success would not have been possible without the leadership of Attorney General Pam Bondi and the work of the Florida Legislature that passed HB 7095, which created the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and enacted laws that made pill mills a business guaranteed to fail. We appreciate Governor Scott keeping a strong stance on pill mills and those who deal in trafficking amounts of drugs. Floridaas Sheriffs have worked tirelessly to rid our state of pill mills and we will continue to bolster our efforts to reduce the number of fatal drug overdoses in our state.a President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Chief Philip Thorne said, aWhile this report is encouraging, Florida law enforcement must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat illegal drugs in our state. One life lost to prescription drugs is one too many.a “More lives are being saved because of the focus on reducing drug abuse,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Looking forward we want to increase collaboration among state agencies, non-profits and local communities so that Florida families can experience lives free from the impact of drug overdoses.” Despite the drop in prescription drug deaths, those drugs continued to be found more often than illicit drugs in cause of death.
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Advocates: Prescription drug-return program having tons of success
They are providing people with the opportunity to dispose of them properly, she said. They are keeping them out of the wrong hands for the wrong purpose. The effort is part of Arizonas Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative, which launched in June 2012 in the four counties. The Criminal Justice Commission and the Governors blog Office for Children, Youth and Families developed the program in partnership with agencies and groups including the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona State Board of Pharmacy and DrugFreeAZ. The 2012 Arizona Youth Survey found that 11.l percent of kids had abused prescription drugs by eighth grade, 18.8 percent by 10th grade and 23.9 percent by 12th grade. There are 34 prescription drug return boxes across the four counties. Once a month, the drugs are removed in Pinal, Graham and Greenlee counties and given to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which destroys them. Yavapai County uses its own incinerators for disposal.
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