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Friday, January 20, 2012

Florida - Kentucky Prescription Drug Pipeline Closing Down

There are a number of people who have become aware of the fact that Florida is the center of the prescription drug epidemic that has been crippling countless Americans. People travel from all over the east and mid west to acquire prescriptions for opiate pain killers from Florida doctors and “pill mills”; only to travel back to their state of origin to fill them. Last summer, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a new bill that was written in order to cut down on prescription drug abuse by controlling “pill mills” in the state. Fortunately, as a result, the pipeline of prescription painkillers from Florida to Kentucky has started to close off, according to the attorneys general of both states in an announcement this week.

In the past, whole van loads of people would travel to Florida from Kentucky to buy pain pills at clinics. These people always paid cash and received pain killers after little or no examination, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. In 2010, an estimated 60 percent of pills sold on the black market in Kentucky came from Florida, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said at a conference on substance abuse.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the state has seen significant results since the prescription drug monitoring system was set up. She noted two years ago, 98 of the top 100 U.S. prescribers of oxycodone were in Florida, now that number is 11. The number of registered pain clinics in Florida has dropped from 943 to 579, she said. Clearly Florida is making great progress in the fight to stop prescription drug abuse and it seems like as more time goes by there will be more good news to report.

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