PRLog - March 8, 2012 - CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Clearwater, FL – Narconon (http://www.narconon.org/)
Narconon East US Fights Pill Mills With Drug Rehab
SunshineSlate.com reported Monday that Florida Attorney General (FLAG) Pam Bondi has returned from her trip to Washington, D.C., where she testified during a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing entitled “Prescription Drug Diversion: Combating the Scourge.”
Bondi told the subcommittee that seven Floridians die each day from prescription drug abuse. She also discussed what Florida has done to address the problem. Bondi listed comprehensive legislation, law enforcement operations and prevention strategies as effective weapons in the battle against Florida’s “pill mills” and “doctor shopping” problems. The results are striking: in 2010, 98 of the top 100 doctors responsible for the largest amounts of oxycodone prescriptions were based in Florida. That number is now down to 13 out of 100 which is a dramatic swing.
Circumstantial evidence has shown that the crackdown in Florida, once a hub for pain clinics, has driven the trade elsewhere, according to federal officials as reported by The Associated Press in “Bill In Georgia Targets Pill Mills.” Clinics that specialize in dispensing prescription painkillers will fall under more scrutiny under a bill House lawmakers passed Monday targeting the illegal drug trade.
The bill steps up enforcement on clinics getting most of their money by prescribing large number of narcotic painkillers to patients, sometimes addicts, for little or no medical reason. “The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, which regulates prescription drugs, estimates that the number of suspect clinics has jumped from zero a few years ago to about 150 now,” said Agency Director C. Richard Allen.
In Kentucky, a bill that would strengthen state enforcement of pain medication abuse was approved by the State House Judiciary Committee; while in Maine, the killing of a Florida firefighter has focused renewed attention on an ongoing problem facing law enforcement authorities there, as they try to curtail the illegal diversion of prescription drugs. Florida remains a top origination point for prescription pills that end up in Maine and other states with high rates of diversion and abuse.
“We applaud law enforcement’
East US Community Services Director.
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Narconon East US is a group of Narconon Centers in the East US that offer the Narconon non-profit drug rehabilitation program dedicated to eliminating drug abuse and drug addiction through drug prevention, education and rehabilitation.