What's inside Florida's dead people?

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Drugs, of course!

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement just released its latest report on some of the more common drugs found in dead Floridians. Researchers at the state's Office of Vital Statistics compiled toxicology reports on the 8,620 people who died last year with drugs in their system (whether it was the direct cause of death or simply present in their system).

Some highlights for the morbidly curious:

  • The top three drugs found in dead people were ethyl alcohol (as in beer, wine, liquor), benzodiazepines (like Xanax, Valium, Rohypnol), and cocaine (see: Chris Farley).

  • The drugs that caused the most deaths were cocaine, methadone, all benzodiazepines, oxycodone, ethyl alcohol, hydrocodone and morphine.

  • The most lethal drug was (surprise!) heroin.

  • Cocaine deaths have slowly increased since tracking began in 1987.

  • Researchers found more prescription drugs than illicit drugs in dead Floridians, both as a cause of death and just being present in the body.

Take a look at the full report here.

(Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/Medco Health Solutions, Inc.)

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