Florida Legislature Debates Over Pill Mill Epidemic

Drug Crimes / Drug Trafficking

4/6/2011
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Florida Legislature Debates Over Pill Mill Epidemic

Rick Scott is backing a bill that is aimed at taking away a doctor’s privilege to dispense narcotics, including oxycodone and methadone. Rep. Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill, sponsored the bill and it was passed by a 12-6 vote in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning. The bill was also amended to prohibit pharmacies from dispensing controlled substances although it would not affect bigger chains like CVS and Walgreens. Those most affected by the bill would be individuals living in rural communities without large pharmaceutical chains.

While Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon support Schneck’s bill, other Republican state senators are opposed to the bill. Their argument in opposition to the bill is the reduced jobs and the effect would be many in rural communities would be left with no access to medications. In response, Schenck claims he would work with legislatures to represent those rural resident’s needs and is aware of the financial impact it would have on some businesses.

While what the legislative reform should be remains a hotly debated topic, there is one thing all sides appear to be in agreement on – there is need for legislative change if Florida law enforcement is to be more effective in battling the war on prescription pill abuse.

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