When you think of drug abuse, the odds are quite good that you think of cocaine or heroin, but a report out of Florida highlights a serious trend in this country. A look at autopsies in that state found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illegal drugs combined. According to the Food and Drug Administration, seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs; an eight percent increase in six years. Looking at it another way, it's more than the total abuse of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and inhalants combined.
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