Years ago, back in the early 2000s, Florida took action and tried to curb operations of what the state described as “pill mills”, which were essentially businesses that made it easy for people to get opioid-based prescription drugs. A new study has shown that these efforts have resulted in fewer deaths due to overdosing on these medications. Findings show that painkiller overdose rates in Florida fell by 7.4% in 2010, the first year the law was in effect, and then fell 20.1% in 2011 and 34.5% in 2012. Researchers have stated that the number of people dying from prescription drug overdose was 1,029 fewer than had been predicted, had the law not been in place.
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