W. Va. lawmakers want Scott to reconsider drug databaseby Dara Kam | February 16th, 2011
West Virginia lawmakers are asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to reconsider doing away with the state’s prescription drug database aimed at curbing doctor-shopping for pain pills.
The Charleston Gazette reported that 13 West Virginia lawmakers sponsored a resolution asking Scott to reverse his plan to get the legislature to repeal the database they created two years ago.
Law Enforcement officials and others, including Senate President Mike Haridopolos, contend the state needs the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, not yet up and running because of a bid dispute, to crack down on prescription drug abuse and the illicit export of prescription drugs into Appalachian states, including Kentucky and West Virginia. Drug users and dealers come to the Sunshine State by the busload to get the meds from pill mills.