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Prescription drugs kill 69 in area, 1,270 statewide

Prescription-drug overdoses killed nearly 1,270 people statewide during the first half of this year, according to 2010 Medical Examiners Commission Interim Drug Report which was released yesterday. Of those deaths, 69 were handled by Pensacola M.E. office.

METHADONE: 15 A pain killer commonly associated with Heroin detoxification and maintenance programs but it is also prescribed to treat severe pain. It has been increasingly prescribed in place of oxycodone for pain management. Dolophine is one form of methadone.

ALPRAZOLAM: 15 A drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Brand name Xanex.

HYDROCODONE: 13 A narcotic analgesic (pain killer). Vicodin and Lortab are two common drugs containing hydrocodone.

OXYCODONE: 7 A narcotic analgesic (pain killer). OxyContin is one form of this drug and goes by the street name “OC”. Percocet, Percodan, Roxicet,Tylox, and Roxicodone also contain Oxycodone.

COCAINE: 8

DIAZEPAM: 6 A drug used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal. Brand name Valium.

MORPHINE: 4

PROPOXYPHENE: 1 A synthetic narcotic analgesic (pain killer) used for mild to moderate pain. A chemical cousin to methadone, it is marketed under the trade name Darvon and Darvocet when mixed with acetaminophen.