Florida Senate Panel Strengthens Drug Monitoring

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) -A Senate committee has approved a bill sought by Attorney General Pam Bondi to strengthen a prescription monitoring system that Gov. Rick Scott wants to repeal before it even begins.

Bondi appeared before the Health Regulation Committee to make a
personal pitch for the legislation (SB 818) that also includes harsher penalties for doctors and other "pill mill" operators who prescribe narcotics to drug dealers and addicts.

Scott and House leaders are pushing for repeal of the drug database that has been held up by a contract dispute. A repeal bill last week received its first approval from a House committee.

Bondi, though, told the Senate panel that the state needs a
monitoring system because drug dealers from other states, most of
which have such systems, are coming to Florida.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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