LEE COUNTY, FL- There are new types of drugs hitting the streets in Southwest Florida. The source may surprise you. Investigators with the Lee County Sheriff's Office say, "Pill Mills", pain management clinics that over-prescribe pain medicines are popping up all over our area.
Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Roxycodone are just some of the opiates that are bursting on to the scene leading to a surge in what law enforcement describes as pill crimes.
Officials with Southwest Florida Addiction Services, which helps treat those with addictions, say the numbers of patients addicted to opiates is on the rise.
As many as 11 people per day are dying due to prescribed opiates says one investigator.