Florida’s Prescription Pill Epidemic has reached alarming heights.Putting a stop to this epidemic has become a priority of your Sheriff’s Office. Here are some statistics on how this epidemic effects Florida, Pasco County and the Sheriff’s Office.
- In the first six months of 2010, there were 41.2 million doses ofOxycodone prescribed by Florida health practitioners. The total for every otherstate combined: 4.8 million.
- In total for 2010 Florida consumed 45 million of the 53 millionOxycodone prescribed in 2010.
- In 2010, 142 People died in Pasco from Prescription Pill overdoses.
- Pasco County is #1 in Florida for Babies born on PrescriptionPills.
- Pasco County is #2 in Florida for overdose deaths due to prescriptionpill abuse.
How does this affect your Sheriff’s Office?
- The Pasco Sheriff’s Office believes that roughly 70-80% of all Pasco Crime is in some way related to Prescription Pills.
- The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has determined that roughly 4 out of every 10 arrests made, needs to be put on detox protocol or detox watch once they are booked into the detention center.
- For 2011, roughly 40-45 inmates per week were put on detox protocol in the detention center requiring constant watch and attention by the nursing staff.
- In 2010, Pasco County Detention Center detoxed approximately 1300inmates, the majority of those inmates were detoxing from prescription pillabuse.
- For 2011, Pasco County Detention Center is on pace to detox 1800inmates, the majority of them detoxing from prescription pill abuse.
- The Pasco County Detention Center is on pace to spend over$150,000 on detoxing inmates this year, 2011. This includes the cost of hospitalizations and medications.
- The Detention Center nursing facility contains 55 beds to treat inmates.Because of inmates needing detox protocol, this year there has been a constant overflow of inmates in the nursing facility, sometimes over 85 inmates at a time putting a tremendous strain on the Detention Center nursing staff.
- Until the introduction of the new scanner at the detention center,inmate visitors would be attempting on a regular basis to mule prescription pills into the jail.
Links to valuable information regarding prescription drug issues: