As law enforcement agencies across the Tampa Bay area crack down on prescription drug abuse, state officials are hammering out the details of a long-delayed prescription drug monitoring program.
But during the long delay, the prescription drug trade in Florida has flourished.
Known as a drug dispensing haven for out-of-state buyers and traffickers, Florida leads the nation in prescriptions for oxycodone, the most popular painkiller on the street. Forty percent more oxycodone is prescribed in Florida than the second-leading state, California, which has twice the population.
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