Purchases of Oxycodone Decrease in Florida

Florida, often seen as the epicenter of the nation's "pill mill" epidemic, has seen a 97 percent decrease in oxycodone purchases by state physicians since 2010, according to a DEA report.

In 2010, the DEA's Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System reported that 90 of the top 100 oxycodone purchasing physicians in the nation were located in Florida. In 2011, that number dropped to 13. According to the report, there has been an increase in purchases in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The DEA attributes the decrease to law enforcement activity, regulatory actions against physicians' licenses and new laws that force addicts who previously traveled from other states to Florida seeking oxycodone to turn elsewhere.

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