Drug-related deaths plunge in first half of 2012 – Orlando Sentinel

Amy Pavuk on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s report that shows drug related deaths on the decline.

The number of oxycodone-related deaths in Orange and Osceola counties — where hundreds of people accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs in recent years — plunged during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, according to new data released by (more…)

Report: Drug overdoses on the rise in Pima County with oxycodone listed as the … – The…

TUCSON, Arizona — A new report shows more than 300 people died of drug overdoses in Pima County last year.

Chief Pima County Medical Examiner Greg Hess says the 314 overdose deaths are up from 277 such deaths in 2011 and 273 in 2010.

Hess says prescription drugs were a factor in the majority of the deaths, with oxycodone the top source of (more…)

Ex-doctor still charged in oxycodone pill case – KeysNews.com (registration)

BY JOSH GORE

Citizen Staff

Following a hearing, a federal judge last month refused to dismiss drug charges against a former Key Largo doctor accused of improperly prescribing oxycodone that led to the death of two patients.

Dr. Joseph Castronuovo, 72, of Ocean Reef, is fighting a federal indictment that could leave him imprisoned for the rest of his life.

He is one of 32 (more…)