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Seven people a day die of prescription drug overdoses in Florida. There are more drug overdose deaths in Pinellas County than any other county in the state. Follow Stacy Nicholson, 29, in her year long struggle for sobriety.

Last year, 249 people died of prescription drug overdoses in Pinellas County. Just about everybody who knew Stacy Nicholson figured she was next. Then an empathetic judge gave her a choice: recovery, or the coffin.

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If you know someone who needs help:

  • To find treatment centers in your area, contact the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-662-HELP or go to
  • For referral and crisis intervention in the Tampa Bay area, call 211 or go to
  • For education about prescription drug abuse, contact NOPE: Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education: 1-866-612-NOPE or go to
  • For more information on Pinellas County's drug court: 727-453-7401 or go to
  • To contact Simply Hope, a transitional living program for recovering substance abusers: 727-954-3414 or
  • For outpatient and in-patient drug treatment programs, contact Operation PAR (Parental Awareness and Responsibility): 1-888-727-6398 or go to
  • To find local meetings for Narcotics Anonymous go to
  • Celebrate Recovery is a national Christian program with groups in the Tampa Bay area. See

If I Die Young: Struggling with recovery from addiction

Every day, seven Floridians die of a prescription drug overdose. This is the story of Stacy Nicholson and her struggle to recover from her addiction to oxycodone. Stacy received treatment through the Pinellas County drug court as part of a program called "Ladies' Day." The deal: If she stayed away from OxyContin, Xanax and other narcotic drugs and completed a treatment program, her record would be wiped clean. But for addicts, abstinence is not a simple matter.

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