Senators calling on Rick Scott to do something about prescription pill problem

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Senators from Florida, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia say Florida’s governor should enact a program to better track the growing trade of abused prescription drugs to other states, a route being called the "flamingo express."

Special Photo Authorities allegedly located approximately 2,000 Lortab, Xanax and hydrocodone pills, while executing a search warrant on the home of William Keller Mizzell, of Hapeville. Mizzell was arrested in McDonough, Thursday, following an undercover narcotics investigation.

Senators from Florida, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia say Florida’s governor should enact a program to better track the growing trade of abused prescription drugs to other states, a route being called the "flamingo express."

Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed to repeal the Florida drug trafficking law and monitoring system before it begins.

He says the program created before he took office has no state funding, is complicated by contract challenges, is unproven and could impinge on innocent people's privacy.

The democratic senators urge the republican governor to allow the program to operate as it does in similar ways in 34 other states.

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson of Florida, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia made the request.

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  • by mark Location: forida on Mar 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    If you want the straight story, there was a bill down here to monitor and control the pill mills. But Rick Scott...the hand picked candidate of the tea party (he even gave his inaguration speech at a tea party rally rather than in tallahassee) killed it because trying to control and monitor the drug mills was an example of "big government excess". Smaller government...rignt...actually I think Scott and Walker are competing to see who will be the tea party darling in 2012. But I don't know how our country could elect a guy that had to take the 5th multiple times regarding his company and medicaid fraud which cost the government multimillions. But then, he was elected in florida.
  • by mark Location: florida on Mar 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    What is the problem. Rick Scott is the hand maiden of the Tea Party and he believes in Free Enterprise and the ability to make profits of the Drug Manufactures. Where do you think Rush got his? If these drug mills can make hundreds of millions at other state expenses, that is the new American way. How dare guys suggest we inhibit freedom to make a profit. If other states can't keep their citizens from coming down here to buy their Oxycotin, it is their problem. Of course, I really don't feel this way. But if you believe in the Tea Party mantra which is "profit or reduced taxes at the expense of whomever as long as it isn't me", the law of economic natural selection, I would think they would applaud the entrepreneural principles shown here in Florida.
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:20 PM
  • by AL Location: FL on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    There is something going on down in that area of FL that is allowing those pill mills to exist and do business in the maner that they do. The pill mills dont (to my knowledge) seem to exist in other areas of the state. Why are they allowed to exist in that zone of FL? So far as people coming to FL just so they can go to the pill mills. Enact a law that blocks pain management facilities from prescribing to non resident patients. If someone is vacationing here from out of state and they are in that much pain, make them go to the ER for treatment. If they are seriously in pain, dont give them any more meds than they need to get back home and be seen by their physician, a 2 or 3 day supply at most. Im not sold on a data base that lists the patients Rx's. I would agree with a data base that lists what Drs' are treating the patient and the dates the patient was last seen by the Dr. Its easy to have someone call the other Dr's office to ask what Rx's were prescribed.
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:13 AM
    In Bay Medical Center's ER, we see a lot of overdoses and misuse of prescription drugs, as much or more than the illegal stuff like meth. Sometimes, these wacko patients will come in carrying 20 or 30 bottles of all kinds of prescribed medication. There needs to be some kind of central database that contains ALL the prescriptions given to each person so that medical staff and police can reference if need be. This would mostly stop doctor shopping and help identify the abusers.
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