War on Drugs

FL Crusades Against Synthetic Drugs, Despite Lack of Evidence of Danger

Prescription drugs result in far more deaths


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that 9,135 Floridians died of accidental overdose from legal drugs in 2011, the highest in the nation.

By 2009, the number of prescription drug deaths was four times that of deaths involving illicit drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Critics point out that the fervor surrounding synthetic bans borders on showmanship.