Prescription Drug OD Deaths Up in Florida

Medical News: Alprazolam Among Top Causes of Fatal Overdoses in Florida – in Public Health & Policy, Public Health from MedPage Today

Deaths in Florida involving prescription drugs in 2009 were four times as common as those related to illicit drugs, with alprazolam (Xanax) joining opioids among the top killers, the CDC reported.

From 2003 to 2009, the death rate in Florida from overdoses of prescription drugs increased 84.2%, from 7.3 to 13.4 per 100,000 population, according to data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission analyzed by the CDC in the July 8 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Time to tighten up your anxiety/depression underwriting guidelines?  How about script checks at lower amounts?  Can you differentiate between the applicant who wants to off himself versus plain vanilla anxiety?




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