Anxiety drugs cause more deaths than painkillers

Report shows statewide drop in oxycodone deaths

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Prescription drug deaths in the state of Florida fell by over six percent in 2011 according to the 2011 Medical Examiners Drugs Identified In Deceased Persons Report.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey released the report today at a joint press conference.

Deaths caused by the prescription painkiller oxycodone plunged 17.7 percent in 2011.

"Within two years of establishing our prescription drug abuse efforts, Florida has seen a decrease in prescription drug deaths for the first time in nearly a decade," stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

However, the report found that deaths caused by cocaine increased by 7.7 percent when compared with 2010.

The report also found that a group of anti-anxiety drugs known as Benzodiazepines caused the most deaths in Florida in 2011.

The report specifically found that Alprazolam, the chemical name for Xanax and Paxil, caused the majority of the  Benzodiazepine deaths.


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