Alcohol Tops List Of Drugs Found In Deceased
LABELLE, FL. -- In 2007, there were more than 168,900 deaths in Florida. Of those, 8,620 individuals were found to have died with one or more of the drugs specified in this report in their bodies, according to a news report from Florida's Medical Examiner offices.
The three most frequently occurring drugs found in decedents were Ethyl Alcohol (4,179), all Benzodiazepines (2,627), and Cocaine (2,179). The drugs that caused the most deaths were Cocaine, Methadone, all Benzodiazepines (includes Alprazolam), Oxycodone, Ethyl Alcohol, Hydrocodone, and Morphine.
Despite the increase in heroin incidences, deaths caused by heroin still remain lower than in 2005 or any prior year. Prescription drugs continued to be found more often than illicit drugs in both lethal and non-lethal levels.