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

By: News Email
By: News Email
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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