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Scott, Bondi tout Florida progress on pill mills on FoxNews

by Dara Kam | April 30th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott, in Washington for the White House Correspondents Dinner, and Attorney General Pam Bondi appeared on FoxNews shortly after noon today to tell the nation what Florida’s doing to crack down on pill mills.

Florida’s proliferation of pill mills has become national news as attorneys general and governors around the nation blame the Sunshine State for rising prescription drug addiction problems.

Scott blamed his fellow Republican predecessors for the drug woes.

“We haven’t had enough focus,” he said.

Scott also touted the House’s pill mill plan, much broader than the Senate proposal, that would limit distribution of highly addictive narcotics and bar doctors from dispensing most powerful pain medications.

“We’re going to start from the manufacturer, to the distributor, to the doctor, to the user. We’re going to stop this,” Scott said. “We’ve got a comprehensive plan to deal with all these things. We’re going to track all of it and we’re going to stop it.”

Bondi, who before her election as AG was a frequent contributor on Fox, bragged about the state’s prescription drug database while emphasizing its privacy component, a concern of Scott who early on wanted to scrap the program. Bondi pushed both Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon to allow the Prescription Monitoring Program to get up and running to “prevent people from going to doctor shopping,” as she told Fox today.

Lawmakers are working out differences between the House plan that includes provisions Scott is pushing for – the ban on doctor dispensing and a limit on how many doses manufacturers can sell to pharmacies. The Senate measure, expected to be voted on Monday or Tuesday, includes the tougher law enforcement features Bondi’s after that would make it easier for prosecutors to get access to the database and strengthen penalties against rogue clinics and doctors.

“These are drug dealers wearing white coats. They’re a cash-only business. They have armed guards at the door. They have lines of people around the door. They’re drug dealers and they’re addicts. We’re going to do everything in our power to put them out of business,” she said.

Today is also the second national prescription drug take-back day, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. People can get rid of their old prescription drugs at more than 5,300 locations throughout the country.

Bondi encouraged those with the unused powerful pain medications to dump their drugs.

“Our kids are getting in our medicine cabinets. That’s what’s happening. They’re going in. They’re taking these drugs,” she said.

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12 Responses to “Scott, Bondi tout Florida progress on pill mills on FoxNews”

  1. nana41 Says:

    Oh I get it now “its the old blame it on someone else game”, interesting concept.. Two peas in a pod Scott & Bondi the B&B’s (bald & blonde)& throw in that TV station too.. And now Scott’s flipped on the pill mill plan too ? I get it.. Thanks to those of you who voted him & blondie in..

  2. Thomas Says:

    Now that he’s in Washington Scott is talking a good fight with the pill mills. Back home in Florida he’s about as wishy washy as you can get. He’s against the Data Base, then he’s all for it. Guess he’s trying to figure out how to punish the drug corporations, while giving them tax breaks at the same time.

  3. gordang Says:

    Whatever success Florida’s has had is not the result of anything either of them has done—it is the result of a lot of hard work over the last three years.

  4. cigne Says:

    Correct Gordang. How about all of the hard work of Sheriff Lamberti and Sheriff Bradshaw. Bondi loves to take credit for things she hasn’t done.

  5. Brad Says:

    These politicans obviously are selfish and only out for themselves…what hypocrites.

  6. MoBetta Says:

    “Scott blamed his fellow Republican predecessors for the drug woes”…and he’s the idiot that closed the Governor’s Office of Drug Control that Jeb started…what about the Task Force to stop pill mills that was created a year before he took office? how about the pill mill bills passed by the legislature over the last three years.

  7. Dougly Says:

    Anyone touting the Office of Drug Control is either woefully misinformed or a member of that bureaucratic boondoggle.

    FACT: They achieved exactly nothing. Go to the 21st Floor of the Capitol and you can see a monument to bureaucracy: shelves of awards for “raising awareness” while Florida steadily became THE biggest drug dealing state in the nation.

    Kudos to Rick Scott for flushing those clowns. He’s attacking the problem from the top down, not paying bureaucrats to collect plaques and trophies for doing nothing.

  8. limpwrist Says:

    Rick Scott has a mob associate in his leadership coalition. Meet Joe Ardolina of American Truck Sales. He’s a former vice president in the now defunct H&W Refuse Service whose president was Anthony Carione, fingered by law enforcement along with his brother Frank Carione, as then active figures in the underworld. Another brother, Joseph Carione, plead guilty to defrauding the government as a co-defendant in a case that involved Colombo crime boss Andrew Russo.

  9. gross Says:

    That Bondi woman is as dumb as you can get. Is she really our AG??? Did anyone see her the night Scott got booed in Tampa? She was wearing some kind of sleezy off the shoulder number. Not what one would expect of an AG. Come on Bondi, have some class. You shouldn’t make yourself look like a cheap street walker. We have sunk so low. And Scott… THAT is our Gov? REALLY? Bondi and Scott… what has become of our state that we have those two losers?

  10. educator Says:

    It is very appropriate for Pam Bondi to do an interview on Fox News. SHE IS A FOX!!!

  11. BigArch Says:

    It’s amazing the amount of hate generated towards Gov.Scott and AG Bondi after only a few months in office. We have a complete moron in the whitehouse that I bet these Scott/Bondi haters worship.
    Whatever has our once proud nation become?

  12. theloneconsumer Says:

    I am still waiting for Bondi to comment on the federal court determination, a lawsuit from a sexual predator that said he served his sentence and he was still being incarcerated.
    The reason? Seems Charlie Crist’s friend Greer passed 2000 feet laws banning dwelling by predators near everything (daycare, libraries ect.) in Palm beach. Now the judge wants felons parolled to be released!
    Terrible for Bondi, who has been AWOL on this. Maybe she will go on FOX and straighten out that lawsuit’s misconception. But Aronberg in her office, as a state legislator, had bills to give uniformity to sexual predator domicile county and city laws.
    Aronberg and Bondi, all eyes are on you!

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