Campaign against pharmaceutical drug abuse discussed at meeting Tuesday

Florida law enforcement and drug officials Thursday compared a spike in deaths associated with prescription drug abuse during the first half of this year to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s.

The number of overdoses on powerful pain medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone has spiked drastically this year compared to 2009, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement medical examiner’s report on drugs found in deceased persons.

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