Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prescription Drug Progress


            Sale of oxycodone and the number of pill mills in Florida is on the decline. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that purchases of oxycodone have dropped 20 %. This decline can be attributed to legislation that banned pain clinics and doctors from selling certain drugs along with increased penalties for those who overprescribe. This has results in a shortage in supply which is forcing the street price up to $80 per pill. While this article from the Tampa Bay Times states there is progress in street sales, this article from Bay News 9 states the opposite. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, sales are still soaring with the price of pills remaining at $17 a pill.

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