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Pain Pill Deaths Way Down in Tampa Bay

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Deaths from prescription pill abuse have declined sharply in counties around Tampa Bay, and law enforcement officials point to fewer “pill mills” in operation as the reason, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Experts also credit the state’s prescription monitoring database for the decrease. 

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