CENTRAL FLORIDA -- - Florida has done a good job of cracking down on pill mills, but there's a new problem: prescription drug addicts are starting to overrun local detox facilities.
The Center for Drug-Free Living can't keep up with the number of people who come begging for help, addicted to pain pills that are becoming harder to get with pill mill crackdowns.
"We get people by car, by ambulance, we get them by police officers," the center's Shannon Robinson said. "As more and more pain clinics are closed, you see influxes of these clients show up."
But detox facilities can't handle so many patients, often turning clients away to hospitals because they don't have the beds.
The Center for Drug-Free Living is the only facility in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Brevard counties that can provide medical detox that typically lasts up to seven days. Nearly all of
"It's pretty incredible when you consider that there are days when we have 16 admissions," Robinson said.
"No one is going to be arrested for cough syrup in their car, even if there is
But more than seven Floridians are still dying every day from overdoses. Out of more than 175,000 deaths in Florida last year, state medical examiners looked at 9,000 that were drug-related.
Many of these were a mixed cocktail, but oxycodone caused the most deaths, followed by Xanax,