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Prescription drugs kill 69 in area, 1,270 statewide

December 3, 2010

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.


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


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.

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  • Amy December 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t know that cocaine is ever prescribed for out patient use, but I do know that the drug is used medically in it’s pure form. I think it is a safe assumption that the cocaine that is sold as a street drug is contraband.

  • Brian C. Abrams December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Cocaine is a perscription drug?

  • Amy December 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    The drug problems in the U.S. will never be addressed in any meaningful way simply because so many corporate interests depend on it for their very existence. There is not only the pharmaceutical profits that are protected via the corrupt lobbyist/political contribution system, there is also a business model that requires a steady stream of addicts for their doors to remain open and their profits continue.