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Scott: ‘I don’t believe we should be doing’ drug database

by Dara Kam | February 14th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott said he scrapped Florida’s much-anticipated computer system aimed at curbing the sale of prescription drugs by pill mills because he doesn’t believe it’s something the state should do.

Scott said he’s backing instead Attorney General Pam Bondi’s announcement that she’s going to step up prosecutions of the pain clinics with a team led by former state Sen. Dave Aronberg, a Greenacres Democrat.

“What I’m focused on is the stuff Attorney General Bondi’s focused on -focus on the people that are doing the wrong things rather than just trying to create a database of everybody in the state,” Scott, a former health care executive, said this morning. “I’m focused on the things she’s working on.”

But Bondi, who ramped up her efforts after Scott axed his office of drug control and policy, said recently that the prescription drug database is one of the tolls that law enforcement officials – and doctors – need to stanch the flow of the highly addictive drugs from Florida, which she called the “epicenter” of the nation’s illicit drug activity.

Scott said the database hasn’t worked (it’s not up and running yet because of a bid dispute).

“And I don’t’ believe we ought to be doing it,” he said.

Scott’s decision to do away with the database, created by lawmakers two years ago, alarmed officials in Kentucky and other states who’ve seen an influx of prescription drugs from Florida. And it created shockwaves in the law enforcement community and among lawmakers who backed the program.

The database would crack down on “doctor-shopping” by allowing doctors to look up patients’ prescription records.

“Without this important program Florida will take a step back ten years or more into the past,” Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said of Scott’s decision.

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14 Responses to “Scott: ‘I don’t believe we should be doing’ drug database”

  1. JustMeee Says:

    Your asked for it, Flori-duh, and now you got it! Scott!!! Scott!!! Scott!!!

    HaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

  2. WPB Resident Says:

    What an idiot!!!! How else does the Governor think that law enforcement is going to “find” these crooked pain clinics and doctors that are writing these multiple prescriptions.

  3. Efrem, Sr. Says:

    Rick Scott and the like are what we get when 1) Dems stay at home pouting because “President Obama wasn’t liberal enough, didn’t fight hard enough, and/or didn’t put forth THEIR agenda’s”; and 2) Independents lose their collective minds in believing anything coming out of the mouths of the very same people they had just voted out of office no less than 2 years ago.

  4. Recovering Addict Says:

    I believe Gov. Scotts’ decision to drop this database. First of all, do you want a bigger “Big Brother”, and second, leave this kind of stuff up to the law enforcement agencies and the states attorneys office.

  5. criminal gov! Says:

    He gets a kickback from all the pill
    companies from his hospital days,of
    course he would not want to slow their
    distribution !!!!!! Yeah republican
    party(of which I was a lifetime member)
    now lets put the bigger criminal Trump
    in the whitehouse and screw ourselves
    real good !!!!!!!!!

  6. steveb13 Says:

    Thank you Scott for not trampling on our civil liberties by disclosing everyones private information. Thanks for punishing the ones doing the deed and being the kind of leader we need. This was nothing more than patriot act type legislation that the tea party is against. The Dems on this page don’t understand politics obviously or they would be happy.

  7. GO Scott Says:

    Totally agree with Scott.

    If there is wrong doing by a patient or physcian punish THEM instead of every patient of every doctor who prescribes what the STATE thinks they need to know.

    Keep government OUT of your life. The State doesn’t need to know what your doctor is prescribing for you.

    Because some physcians and some patients abuse what is prescribed ALL of us shouldn’t be subjected to this invasion.

    Too many of us are responsible people we don’t abuse these prescriptions nor do the majority of doctors who prescribe them.

    We all shouldn’t have ‘pay’ because of a minority.

    If this government intrusion continues everytime you buy or ingest liquor, beer the State will want to know.

    It’s too much intrusion, beware.

  8. The tragedy Says:

    Anyone with a family member addicted to pills knows exactly why we need this tool, and any other tool we can get to fight these drugs. This isn’t pot we’re talking about here, these are killer opiates. More addictive than heroin, teenagers and young adults are often the victims.

    They almost can’t get off of them, they lose hope, and suicide may result. That’s if overdose doesn’t kill them. Kids don’t have the judgement to avoid these things and don’t have the willpower to stop. I like civil liberties too, but stopping these criminals has to be a priority.

    Even Rush Limbaugh doctor shopped and got addicted to pills. If you Republicans want to go easy on drugs and get rid of some regulation, go ahead and legalize pot and some other softer drugs. Let’s try that before we flood the streets with the hard stuff. Scott should talk to some parents.

  9. Oxy Limbaugh Says:

    We’ve got all these people hooked on prescription meds, driving around amongst us, committing crimes to feed their addictions. His own A.G. says we need the database, but he knows better. This guy is the biggest creep ever to hold office and that covers a lot of creeps. And you paranoid people who are scared of the government are living in a dream world thinking you could really exist without it. Take your guns, head for the mountains and lock the doors.

  10. JM Says:

    Hmm- government database that tracks who is taking what medication. No, I don’t see potential for abuse there at all.

  11. JM Says:

    Is anyone seriously arguing that this would not have a chilling effect upon legitimate patients in need of medications? How many people requiring psycoactives will refuse to get the help they need for fear of being on a government list? STD’s? Do we really want to discourage people from seeking that sort of treatment? Legitimate patients are often embarrased by their maladies, avoiding this chilling effect is exactly why we have confidentiality between Doctors and patients. How are we even debating this?

  12. Pat Says:

    Let us thank all these crazy people who voted for Rick Scott. This is just the beginning of what he is planning to do to us. The things he does will affect every citizen of Florida. You won’t feel so justified very soon, I am certain.

  13. Jamie Says:

    I don’t think the medication you take for STD’s is on the list of narcotics. Narcotics such as Oxycodone and the like are what will be reported. Law Enforcement doesn’t care if you take a medication for a STD, they care if your doctor hopping for narcotic medication to possibly OD on or to sell to your son or daughter.

  14. JM Says:

    The statute requires all drugs in schedules II, III, and IV to be reported. Have a look at the list FS–893.03. Now tell me if you are still confident that drugs relevant to any particular conditions are excluded. More importantly, STD’s were only one example. The idea that people in need of medical services will be dicouraged from seeking necessary treatment doesn’t turn on whether their particular medication is or is not included. Creating a database that records private medical information will, in itself, without reference to specific drugs, chill legitimate patients from seeking medical care.

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