Florida, long known as one of the major states where prescription drug abuse is rampant, is making strides in the battle. For the first time in 10 years, prescription drug deaths dropped in the sunshine state.

The total number of prescription drug related deaths in 2011 was 2,539 deaths, according to the Deceased Persons Report.

That’s down from the 2010 total of 2,710 deaths.

Officials say oxycodone presence decreased by 10.7 percent and related deaths dropped 17.7 percent when comparing numbers to 2010.

State officials credit Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts in 2011 to create Statewide Drug Enforcement Strike Force teams.

Florida law enforcement leaders cracked down on doctors and pharmacies from overprescribing dangerous drugs.

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