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Vi-aggravated

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

The state still doesn’t know if any of the 218 sex offenders given sex enhancement drugs by the Medicaid program committed new sex crimes since receiving the prescription.

Alan Levine of the Agency for Health Care Administration says, "Working together to get it done. I think the important thing is to make sure that the information is accurate."

Of the 218 offenders who got state paid for lifestyle enhancing drugs, nine out of 10 of them were in the worst category, they were sexual predators. At least one state lawmaker, Dick Kravitz of Jacksonville, believes the state should prevent anyone convicted of a sex crime from ever using sexual enhancers, even if they pay for it themselves.

Rep. Dick Kravitz, (R) Jacksonville, says, "We have a moral, hopefully a legal responsibility to stop it, everyone in that change should [be] pharmacists, doctors and the state."

Jeb Bush calls the state decision to not provide the drugs to any one common sense, but says a ban on sex offenders who foot the bill themselves could be a problem.

"We should look at it, I just don’t know what all the legal ramifications of restricting someone’s access to legal prescription drugs, that’s new turf for me."

Until now, no one has considered the issue of convicted sex criminals being able to buy prescription drugs which could encourage bad behavior, but it is clearly a question of public policy now on the front burner

There’s still no word yet on whether any of the sex offenders who received drugs from Medicaid committed crimes after they received their pills. State officials hope they can wrap up their computer search by Thursday.


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