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Overdose deaths drop after Florida cracks down on prescribers

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4425 (Published 03 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4425
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Florida saw a sharp fall in deaths from drug overdose after the state implemented a series of measures to curtail inappropriate prescribing of opioid pain relievers and benzodiazepines, a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.1 “These changes,” the researchers wrote, “might represent the first documented substantial decline in drug overdose mortality in any state during the past 10 years.”

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