And lawmakers are set to add a flurry of new regulations to how pain meds are prescribed in Florida, when the legislative session begins in one week.
Two bills limiting the supply of opioids to the public will be debated.
The senate version calls for limiting prescriptions to a 7-day supply.
Also, Governor Scott has promised to introduce his own legislation in the weeks ahead, calling for a three-day limit on prescribed opioids along with 50-million dollars in this year's budget to combat abuse.
But Robin Piper with Turning Point of Tampa says laws alone, won't fix the real problem.
"The substance they are using isn’t really the issue. It’s not the cocaine, the prescription pills, or the opiates or the heroin, that’s the problem it’s addiction that’s the problem," she says.
And the proof of that is in the latest numbers. Addicts are going back to the future...to the drug of the 80's. Cocaine is back in a big way in Tampa Bay.
Overdose deaths are up 55 percent in Pinellas county, 60 percent in Polk and 28 percent in Hillsborough.