The obviousness of this claim is in the statistics..
That’s according to statistics released Tuesday on drug-related deaths reported by state medical examiners in 2005, which also show the county leading the state in overdoses caused by several prescription drugs.
The numbers show that cocaine remains the deadliest drug in the region and state, linked to a record 197 deaths in Palm Beach County and a record 58 deaths in the Treasure Coast region, which includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
Eighty-five of the Palm Beach County deaths were caused directly by cocaine overdose; the rest were deaths in which cocaine was found in the victim’s system. On the Treasure Coast, 28 of the overall deaths were caused by cocaine overdose.
• Palm Beach County leads the state in methadone and morphine overdoses. Both drugs are commonly prescribed painkillers.
• Palm Beach and Broward counties lead the state in overdoses linked to oxycodone and to alprazolam. Oxycodone is the main ingredient in the painkiller OxyContin, and alprazolam is an anti-anxiety drug that also goes by the brand name Xanax.
Some famous Floridians who fit this profile..