The Obama administration this week started an initiative to combat prescription drug abuse that would require a prescription drug-monitoring program to be enacted in each state.
Accidental drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in 17 states, ahead of car crashes, according to said Gil Kerlikowske, the White House director of national drug-control policy.
Of those teen deaths in 2010, two occurred in Sarasota and three in Manatee. In 2009, four died in Sarasota and three in Manatee.
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