In 2011, Florida led the nation in prescription drug misuse.
Florida practitioners purchased 41.2 million oxycodone pills during the first six months of 2010. All the other states combined purchased 4.8 million during the same time frame.
Proliferation of pain management clinics and access to home medicine cabinets have increased availability and diversion of dangerous narcotics.
In Florida, seven people die every day from the illegal, non-medical use of prescription drugs. In 2009, Orange County had approximately 100 prescription drug-related deaths claiming the youngest victim at age 15 and in 2010, the number rose to 146 prescription drug-related deaths.