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Florida Governor Scott creates ‘strike force’ to go after pills mills, drug pushers

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday unveiled a new plan to attack crooked pain clinics, committing $800,000 to beef up criminal investigations into shady operators and rogue doctors as well as drug manufacturers, wholesalers and street dealers. This comes shortly after reports that Florida has become the largest U.S. producer of drugs like Oxycodone.

The plan calls for launching a “Drug Strike Force” made up of dedicated squads in each of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s seven regions across the state. The teams will incorporate state and local criminal investigators and also regulators from the health department and other state agencies.

Read more at the Palm Beach Post.

85% of Oxycodone in US comes from Florida

Dave Aronberg (special prosecutor with the attorney general’s office) revealed shocking statistics to a gathering at the health professions division of Nova Southeastern University: “Florida peddles 10 times more oxycodone pills than all the other states together.”

These statistics come to light as newly appointed Gov. Rick Scott promises to repeal the state law authorizing a prescription drug monitoring database.

Aronberg also noted that “[seven] Floridians die each day from overdosing on oxycodone.”

Via The Miami Herald. Read More.

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