Recently known as the number one state for most prescribed opioid medications, and also known for being a “party/vacation state”, it’s no surpirse that Florida deals with all kinds of drugs of abuse. From Mollies, cocaine, opioid pills, alcohol, heroin and marijuana, it seems Florida’s drug problem is resulting in severe addictions, overdose casualties, and drug abuse combined with mental health disorders that require immediate treatment. But what are the most common drugs of abuse in Florida?
The most common drug of abuse is marijuana in Florida, which also ranks as the number one cause for drug treatment admissions. It’s easily accessible, grown in abundance in hidden gardens at home and in backyards, and sold anywhere from malls, beaches, night clubs, and both lower and upper class neighborhoods. The climate in South Florida especially is especially suitable for marijuana growers.
Opioids ranks as the second most common drug of abuse in Florida, and is also one of the leading causes of drug-related deaths. Opioid medications are prescribed in abundance for moderate to severe injuries or surgeries, including popular brand names like Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet. Only recently has Florida made significant changes to opioid prescription laws, so there has been improvement as Florida is no longer the number state in opioid prescriptions…however, the painkiller epidemic continues as both heroin and pill-abuse remains common.
Cocaine and stimulants such as Mollies rank third as the most commonly abused drugs (due to the nightclub and outside-rave atmosphere), while tranquilizers (central nervous system depressants) rank fourth.
Other facts on drug abuse in Florida:
- People ages 18 to 29 are the most likely to become addicted to heroin
- heroin overdose deaths rose by 89 percent from 2011 to 2012
- drug experts attribute the current heroin crisis to the recent opioid epidemic that lasted for over a decade, leaving thousands of people with an untreated addiction problem. Many people turned to heroin after opioid pill laws limited availability due to stricter prescribing practices.
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