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Rick Scott signs pill mill bill into law

by Dara Kam | June 3rd, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law pill mill bill banning doctors from dispensing most narcotics, tracking wholesale distribution of most highly addictive pain medications and keeping intact the state’s prescription drug database.

Scott says the new law will be a model for the nation.

“I am proud to sign this bill which cracks down on the criminal abuse of prescription drugs,” Scott, on a three-city ceremonial bill signing tour today, said in a statement. “This legislation will save lives in our state and it marks the beginning of the end of Florida’s infamous role as the nation’s Pill Mill Capital.”

Lawmakers approved HB 7095 after a contentious struggle over the future of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, a yet-to-be-implemented database aimed at cracking down on “doctor-shopping” and illicit prescription drug sales.

Attorney General Pam Bondi was instrumental in bringing House and Senate GOP leaders together on the final deal, passed in the final days of the legislative session that ended last month.

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17 Responses to “Rick Scott signs pill mill bill into law”

  1. Robert John Newman Says:

    Legislation was perfect last year. However, the database was never cranked up. this year, Scott had the House destroying last years bill and stripping out the database idea. Then he puts it back…and somehow is getting credit, for signing the bill, and creatig the database?

  2. vinnie s Says:

    Well sounds like its time to buy some stock in drug rehabs as they are sure to be overwhelmed with people needing to detox and get off these meds. I wish them all luck and surprised that there has been no mention of what’s to come in the next few months.


  3. FDA Junkies? Says:

    Watch what they do. Not what they say.

    We will see if the Politicians are owned by BiG Pharma on this Prescribed Heroin type dealing issue.

    Basically, it looks like Govt Made Doctors the dealers on this FDA approved Junkie Drug dealing.

    It sure looks that way.

  4. Riviera Beach Says:

    Thank you Governor Scott!

  5. justice101 Says:

    It looks rethuglican Scott has everything in place for Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies to take up the slack. You can get their toll free number from Rush Limpbaugh.

  6. 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.

  7. State Employee Says:

    Isn’t the ACLU going to challenge him on this one too?

  8. Bob W. Says:

    Let’s hope it does some good. Too many lives have been ruined already.

  9. Redundant Buracracy Says:

    What? No mention of the $92k/yr redundancy, Dave Aronberg??? He wasn’t involved in any of this??? Isn’t he our Pill Mill “Czar”???

  10. David Mills Says:

    At the very least I agree with the need to get the “pill mills” under control. thats about where my support for this dictator ends. Since taking office did Florida succede from the union? When will the legistrature get thier loose cannon under control? Perhaps a mass exodus will show him that laws are no good if no one is here. I thought it would take a force of nature to make florida a ghost state, instead it took a republician……as usual.

  11. pbc jew Says:

    Almost 6 month’s ago I went to a Pain Clinic in Lake Park Fl and was greetd by two guards in black t-shirts with “Security” printed on the back. I could only enter when someone inside motioned to them that I could enter. I asked an employee how could I be seen. The first word’s from her was I had to pay $375.00 cash and cash for each visit. The Clinic is now shut down

  12. pbc jew Says:

    I went online on Sunbiz and found the owner of that clinic had a medical clinic on Northlake Blvd in Palm beach Garden’s. Further searching his name appeared on the net because he was arrested. The Pill Mill’s are being owned by former criminals and their positon’s have been changed to agent’s. Thus we have criminal’s who own clinic’s
    but are not owner’s

  13. Thomas Says:

    If Ricky don’t get no cash from pill mills, nobody gets cash from pill mills. He’ll just have to get it from drug testing state employees. Yes he still own his chain of Walk-in clinics. Oops, sorry, his wife owns the chain.

  14. taking /not abusing Says:

    I have been taking pain meds. for 8-9yrs and do not abuse them. I am willing to follow any new rules; I am not willing to live my life(working and so on) In extreme pain. Maybe this will lead to more legit people just giving up and collecting disability. These polititions are on the right course with the database. Let’s try that first before not allowing us in true pain to really feel the wrath of this ruling!

  15. Pill Mills Kill Says:

    My mom is an addict! These drugs and Dr’s ruin lives. You build a tolerance to these drugs fast – it’s a fact. You have to keep taking more until you can’t afford it anymore. It doesn’t stop the pain it stops the brain sensors that register pain. It also stops the sensors that regulate emotion. This causes you to be severly depressed and continue to take more to also cure the depression. In the beginning Dr.’s were told that they were not addictive when they first came on the market. They even had oxy beach hats as promotional items!!! The drug company that lied to everyone about them being “none addictive” only had to pay $634 in fines. That’s a drop in the bucket to them. No one went to jail!! Unbelievable! There’s other ways to regulate pain without taking a pill.

  16. Lu Pinkerton Says:

    thanks, scott! The one medication that I get from a genuine clinic that legally accepts both Medicare and Medicaid can no longer give out prescriptions for the medication that I take/took! for panic attacks. Gee, what happens to the people who take these “outlawed” medications legally, and to their family, friends and loved ones? They all get undue stress. If I can’t take my med anymore, where can I find someone that sells marijuana legally so that it can legally relieve my legal panic attacks? When will rick scott think things through for the people who have never done anything wrong, the people who are trying to get by? The sick, the tired and poor huddled masses?

  17. walk in my shoes Says:

    What r we supposed to do when our bodies r worn out but we must keep going by taking medication. Who deceides what is an appropriate dose if not the doctor, they r not all crooks
    I would love a list of registered Pain Clinics, where can I find one?

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