The House is poised to give final approval to a bill (SB 450) that would extend regulations placed on pain-management clinics after Florida became a hotbed of prescription-drug abuse and trafficking.
Florida lawmakers appear to be moving quickly to keep in place regulations that were approved to help curb widespread problems with prescription-drug abuse and trafficking.
There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don’t accept insurance.
Heroin addictions and deaths are on the rise in Florida, the unintended consequence of the government crackdown on pill mills. Michele discusses the problem with a former heroin addict and the community liaison for “Acceptance House”, a detox and rehab facility in South Florida.
The state’s crackdown on pill mill operations has led to the same types of clinics popping up in Georgia. The presence of painkillers and prescription drugs in the deceased declined in Florida last year, prompting state officials to declare victory.
The fight to stop drug abuse made a leap of progress in 2011.
The Drug Enforcement Administration continued its crackdown of alleged pill mills in South Florida Thursday with the arrests of 11 people, including 6 doctors, in Pompano Beach.
Ritter Cyphers knew his brother Forrest was in trouble, battling a prescription drug problem. Cyphers decided to call the pain clinic in Vero Beach where his brother was being treated. What Cyphers didn’t know was that agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration were listening in on the February phone call.
A major operation is underway in Miami and across Florida to arrest rogue doctors and pill mill operators. It’s called “Operation Pill Street Blues” and CBS4’s Carey Codd is the only local reporter allowed to cover the bust in South Florida.
With 213 pill mills shut down by Florida law enforcement agencies in the past year, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that law enforcement agencies are making huge inroads on stopping the folks who illegally sell prescription drugs.