Florida's Ex-Cons Offered Drug Discounts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

June 7, 2011 -

The Department of Corrections announced Monday it will offer prescription drug discount cards to newly released inmates and those on probation through a partnership with a company that specializes in helping former offenders get medicine. The cards, which will be provided by Recovery Health Network, will offer up to 75 percent discounts on prescription medications, certain tests and some imaging services. They will be provided for free, and DOC said in its announcement Monday that they are recognizes by more than 54,000 pharmacies nationwide. The card has no expiration date or limits on numbers of prescriptions and DOC says it will work for “all physician-prescribed” medications. “One of our reentry goals is to match inmates and offenders with needed resources,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss. “Putting these prescription cards in the hands of offenders on community supervision and inmates right when they are released will help with the costs of the medications they need.”


Newly released inmates and offenders on community supervision are being offered prescription drug discounts of up to 75 percent.

The Department of Corrections announced Monday that it's partnering with Recovery Health Network to provide those offenders and ex-convicts with drug discount cards as a way to help them readjust to freedom.

The organization already offers the free discount cards to anyone who is uninsured, under insured or has high deductibles.

Cards have been sent to prisons and community corrections offices across Florida. They also can be obtained through the network's website: http://www.recoveryhealthnetwork.com/ .

The cards are recognized by 54,000 pharmacies across the country
and never expire.

The department's reentry director, Latoya Lane, said research shows filling and paying for prescriptions are significant barriers for ex-convicts.

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  • by freddy b. Location: statenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    if i can get some free insurance it might bea better deal to go to prision than work.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    Heck just leave the pharmacy doors unlocked and them the cons get what they want when they want it and let the government restock the shelves everyday. Same purpose.
  • by job security Location: doctor office on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    they want them to get hooked on their legal poison so they will come back.
  • by poor me Location: usa on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    they got to waste the stimolus money somewhere. i would say people comeing out of lockup for a long period of time is more healthy than 90 percent of the people free. man i been uneployed since 09 and havent had insurance after 15 years of continuous employment and cant get anything free. WHAT A COUNTRY.
  • by MIKE Location: TLH on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    You have GOT to be kidding me... discount cards? hos much is THAT going to cost taxpayers. maybe they can give the Senior Citizens a card....
  • by jj on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    I do NOT get a DISOUNT ,,I have to pay full price and I work a job for a living ,,,and now these thugs are getting a dicount ,,,,what in the hell is wrong with this picture..ureal,,,,,
  • by Roz on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    Are you kidding me? Maybe the ACLU could file suit on behalf of us non-criminals!
  • by Bobby Location: Mayo on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    Firing C.O. to spend more on inmate's. This country is supporting more people than it can know. Hitler may have been a vary bad person but he had America's down fall right on time.
  • by Vicky Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    This only makes sense if it is for mental health medications...if these inmates get out and have no way to pay for medications they need for mental health problems, that is a recipe for disaster.
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      by Anon 4 a reason on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to Vicky
      They have you fooled. This program you insist will provide meds for mental health problems. Watch what happens. In hours or days, it will include supplements, clothing, and housing. This is Pandora's Box...and you cannot close it, now that it's open!
  • by Ugh on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    So let me get this straight, we're giving a huge discount to Ex-Cons on prescription medication and we keep paying higher co-pays? Not to mention, how many of these Ex-Cons were in prison for selling prescription meds on the streets? wow.
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