Rise in prescription drug abuse alarms law enforcement

They’ve died in cars, in their beds, on a hotel-room toilet and on a Greyhound bus. They’re high-school students, new mothers, expectant fathers and grandparents. They all took prescription drugs. And they all ended up in the Orange County morgue

Prescription drugs killed almost 2,500 Floridians in 2009 — equivalent to nearly seven deaths each day. In Orange County alone, 100 deaths last year involved the misuse of prescription drugs. This year’s local death toll is on track to match or surpass 2009.

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