Pill Mill bill passes House, up to Senate nowby Kimberly Miller | April 28th, 2010
House members unanimously passed a bill this afternoon that cracks down on pain clinics, also known as pill mills.
The bill, (SB 2272) was amended in the House to include a provision that physicians will not be able to dispense more than a 72-hour supply of controlled substances to a patient without a prescription.
The addition means the bill will go back to the Senate for a vote.
“These pain management clinics have opened up and are peddling the oxy’s and roxy’s to our citizens,” said bill sponsor Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey. “This regulates them to the point where they can no longer operate in the state and hopefully, once and for all, we shut down the flamingo express, as it’s called in other states.”
The bills were filed after The Palm Beach Post reported that more than 30 pain clinics have opened in Palm Beach County since 2007, including a handful of offices started by convicted drug dealers and other criminals. Many are clustered in the county’s south end, near Broward County, where a state grand jury was empaneled in March to investigate.
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