The $65 million cost of the proposed pill mill rules would be due to urine test requirements on patients and other minor costs that would be spread out among 1,300 pain management clinics and tens of thousands of patients.
Florida senators are complaining about the state department of health’s slow implementation of pill mill crackdowns. But the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are to blame for the delays.
Sheriff Don Fleming on Tuesday led one of of three simultaneous news conferences on prescription-drug related arrests in 10 northeast Florida counties. It was more hype than news, much of it recycled.
Why are pill mills still proliferating despite new rules? More than 600 regulatory rules are on hold throughout state government because a new law requires every single one of them to be analyzed for jobs gained or lost.
Kavita Sharma, one of four physicians at a pain management practice in Palm Coast’s Town Center, explains the differences and telltale signs between legitimate pain management and the kind of pill mills that are spreading in Florida.
When Flagler Sheriff Don Fleming described three local pain management practices as “pill mills,” their doctors and practitioners were stunned and explained: Pill mills are a problem. Pain management clinics are not.
The robber, who used yellow gloves at the Winn Dixie pharmacy, handed the pharmacist a note just before noon Sunday, demanding the pills. He walked out the front door and drove off in a dark vehicle.
Citing three pill mills already in Flagler County, Sheriff Fleming is asking the county commission and the cities to adopt ordinances stopping pill mills until the state strengthens its regulations.
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