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Pill-Mill Dangers Shifting to Heroin

New laws and a continued crackdown on corrupt doctors helped reduce Florida’s prescription drug deaths significantly a few years ago. However, a new plague has broken out and needs to be addressed as well, the Orlando Sentinel editorial board reports.
Heroin in the first half of 2013 claimed 68 lives. Use, particularly in Orlando and Miami-Dade Counties, has rapidly escalated the past few years, with related deaths nearly doubling in one year, the Sentinel reports. Given the success of the pill-mill crackdowns, legislators should take an equally strong stance against the fast-growing heroin epidemic, the Sentinel editorial board says.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.