Pill Mill Politics

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Florida is ridden with pill mills. During a six months period, nine million painkillers were prescribed in just two south Florida counties. Seven deaths a day are attributed to people in Florida illegally using legal drugs. Lawmakers created a prescription drug database to curb the problem. The database set to go online this spring would track people who go from doctor to doctor collecting meds.

Governor Rick Scott is taking a defiant stance against the database even though it’s heavily supported by members of his own party.

“I don’t support the database. I believe it’s an invasion of privacy,” said Scott.

The database would help Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi in her fight to stop the South Florida pill mills, but she’s reluctant to chastise the governor’s decision.

“It’s my goal to use every tool possible to shut them down. That includes implementing the rules that have been previously frozen,” said Bondi.

The tension is building at the capitol as officials line up against the governor or keep quiet.

Scott’s not only catching heat from lawmakers here in Tallahassee but the Feds and law enforcement officers in other state’s are fed up with him because they say the pill mill problem in Florida is also killing resident’s in their states.

The Senator whose legislation created the database says Scott can’t stop it.

“It’s in law and he can’t just, all of a sudden, wipe a law out. As much of what Governor Scott would like to do with some of our laws–he can’t just wipe it out,” said Senator Mike Fasano.

Legislative efforts are underway in the House to find a replacement for the database that satisfies the governor. For at least the first year the database would be paid for with 1.3 million dollars of federal grants and private donations.


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  • by steve Location: miami on Feb 26, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    Dave Aronburg had a Senate Bill last year HB143 for a free real time biometric system being offered to pharmacy’s in Florida that catches fake ID and never uses patient personal information thereby making it the most HIPAA advanced system ever. The free system is offered by biotech medical software at University of Central Florida BioScriptRx com This system doesn't need new laws or cost the tax payers a penny. BioScriptRx only uses the finger scan for patient ID. That finger can only go to one doctor and it checks to see if that finger has been to another doctor. Until we stop fake ID and will only have a band-aid and people will die. This is the same system that our new Drug Czar backed as a Senator in a senate Bill HB 143 last year. If Gov. Scott really cares this system answers his questions about a dadabase
  • by Lisa Davis Location: Tallahassee on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    We, as a nation are sound asleep if we think that layering more and more legislation, restraint and blatent civil rights violations are going to solve Florida's drug problem. It's a matter of good ol' common sense that you can't legislate morality.
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Feb 24, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    Who cares? It will cut down on the talk radio fan base!!
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    There is a regular round trip flight from Huntington W.Va. to Miami that is affectionately referred to as the "Oxy Express." It was in the Charleston papers last week...........
  • by worried Location: quitman on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    The real story on pill clinics is in Quitman, GA. Go to the corner of East Screven St. and South Washington/MLK around lunch and see how pill clinics work.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Tom, your tinfoil hat must be wrapped too tight. "Watch out, the doctors are coming to take your guns!" Yeah, right.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 24, 2011 at 03:08 AM
    These same doctors that are over dosing patients are the same ones trying to take away our guns for our safety......think about it
  • by Mr.GOP on Feb 23, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    Rick Scott and the GOP will but heads soon. This clown hasn't the slightest idea what he is doing.
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