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MIAMI (CBS4) – A long-debated prescription drug database aimed at cracking down on so-called ‘pill mills’ in the state is up and running.

Florida pharmacies and other providers of prescription medication are now required to submit information within seven days of dispensing targeted drugs like OxyContin and Xanax.  Also, the person receiving the prescription has their name, address, date of birth, gender and drug entered into the system.

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is part of the state’s effort to crack down on “pill mills” that supply painkillers to drug dealers and addicts.

Florida is one of the last states to adopt such a system.

Law enforcement officials say that’s one reason why Florida has become the nation’s leading supplier of prescription drugs for illicit use.

It first was hampered by a lack of state funding, relying instead on federal grants and private contributions.

Then it was delayed by a contract dispute.

Finally, Gov. Rick Scott tried to kill it. He relented when the Florida Senate refused to repeal the law that created it.



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