Friday, June 20, 2008

Florida's Drug Deaths

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.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:52 PM

    The title of this makes one think that alcohol caused the deaths. These appear to be drugs found in dead bodies. Cocaine specificaly is cited as a cause of death in the article. Most drug legalization promoting drug dealers and addicts often try to compare alcohol as a cause of death to make their illegal drugs apear "mainstream" and "picked on". even in drunk driving deaths one can argue that the alcohol did not cause the death the choice to drive did. If a drunk stayed at home passed out on his couch he /she would cause 0% of drunk driving accidents.