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Florida measures synthetic drug deaths for 1st time

By John Lantigua - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

While deaths due to overdoses of prescription drugs continue to decline in Florida, law enforcement officials are trying to control the use of dangerous substances being disguised as other products and sold over the counter — synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Thursday issued a report by Florida’s medical examiners that shows drugs present in the bodies of people who died of overdoses. Such reports are issued regularly, but for the first time deaths caused by synthetic drugs are included.

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