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UPDATE: Can guv kill drug database donation?

by Dara Kam | March 11th, 2011

UPDATE: Gov. Scott’s spokesman Brian Hughes said his boss never tried to return the $1 million donation to the private, non-profit Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation.
“If the senator wanted an answer to his question, he should have called us,” Hughes said.
Scott “never communicated any opinion” about the grant to Purdue or the foundation, Hughes said.
“The decision is up to the foundation,” he said.

Does Gov. Rick Scott have the authority to reject a $1 million donation to a private foundation created by lawmakers to create the prescription drug database the governor opposes?

That’s what Sen. Mike Fasano, an ardent supporter of the yet-to-be-implemented Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, publicly asked Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander at a budget committee meeting this afternoon.

Fasano said he’s had no direct contact with Scott – “that’s no surprise,” he said -but had seen news reports that Scott was not interested in the $1 million Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the highly addictive pain pills Oxycontin, offered to give to the foundation created to pay for the drug database.

“Does the governor have the right to reject that money?” Fasano asked.

Alexander diplomatically dealt with Fasano’s inquiry.

“I’m not sure,” the Lake Wales Republican, who’s had his own differences with Scott about his sale of the state’s planes, replied. “I share your concern. I certainly voted for and supported the effort to rein in the prescription drug mills.”

A House committee, with House Speaker Dean Cannon’s blessing, approved a measure yesterday repealing the drug database law enforcement officials believe is crucial in cracking down on prescription drug abuse.

Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, piled on.

She asked the committee to find out how much the state is paying to prosecute and lock up drug dealers associated with pill mills.

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4 Responses to “UPDATE: Can guv kill drug database donation?”

  1. Robert John Newman Says:

    Governor Scott will now say: “Respect my authoritay!”

  2. Kevin Says:

    His friends are making too much money handing out powerful pain killers from these pill mills. His opposition to this bill is just screaming from the roof tops “I am a corrupt SOB and I’m in this for the money, I don’t care how many people die from this stuff, that’s just not my problem”. How much proof do you tea party idiots who continue to support this crook need? Are you so married to your ideology that you can’t accept the truth about this man? Wake up and petition to recall him. You have all been had and some of you twice.

  3. sue Says:

    I don’t know if he can but I think the good people of Florida should pull the plug on Scott…what a loser…

  4. Unreal Says:

    Through all his back and forth and in a valid effort to stop the scourge of Oxycontin, there doesn’t seem to be much discussion about holding the doctors and the medical industry accountable for this killer drug.

    Found some interesting reading about the Hippocratic Oath.

    From – “The Use of the Hippocratic Oath: A Review of 20th Century Practice and a Content Analysis of Oaths Administered in Medical Schools in the U.S. and Canada in 1993.” by Robert D. Orr, M.D. and Norman Pang, M.D.

    in which 157 deans of allopathic and osteopathic schools of medicine in Canada and the United States were surveyed regarding the use of the Hippocratic Oath:

    1. In 1993, 98% of schools administered some form of the Oath.

    2. In 1928, only 26% of schools administered some form of the Oath.

    3. Only 1 school used the original Hippocratic Oath.

    4. 68 schools used versions of the original Hippocratic Oath.

    5. 100% of current Oaths pledge a commitment to patients.

    6. Only 43% vow to be accountable for their actions.

    7. 14% include a prohibition against euthanasia.

    8. Only 11% invoke a diety.

    9. 8% prohibit abortion.

    10. Only 3% prohibit sexual contact with patients.

    Only 43% vow to be held accountable. How telling.

    It is appalling that medical practitioners take an oath to take care of patients but give no mind to the deadly effects of addiction.

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