TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – 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.READ MORE: Officials Worry Large Crowds Will Leave Mess Behind After Memorial Day Weekend
House members took up the bill Tuesday and could vote on it as soon as Wednesday. The Senate has already passed the measure.READ MORE: Death Of Child Pulled From Homestead Pond Under Investigation
Lawmakers in 2011 approved a wide-ranging law to try to crack down on “pill mills” that popped up throughout the state. But lawmakers included a Jan. 1, 2016, expiration date on clinic regulations. The bill would eliminate the expiration date, with House sponsor Ross Spano, R-Dover, saying that in the past unregulated pain-management clinics were “spreading like wildfire.”MORE NEWS: Florida Law Enforcement Officials Reassure Parents On Potential School Shooter Threat
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.