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Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and law enforcement agencies around the state are working to crack down on Florida’s opioid epidemic. The effort includes hosting a series of workshops and advocating for legislative fixes.

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President Trump has appointed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to a commission to help fight opioid abuse on a national level.

Some Florida lawmakers say the state’s pill mill crackdown has gone too far. Florida used to be known as a pill mill capital but the state cracked down on unscrupulous clinics, leaving legitimate patients to struggle with getting prescriptions filled.

The Florida Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substance Subcommittee
Nick Evans

Florida is still grappling with the pill mill crisis of four years ago.  But with the problem of too many prescriptions receding in the rear-view mirror, the problem now is too few.

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The three candidates in Florida’s Attorney General race debated Monday in what is expected to be the only event with all three for this election cycle. Among the topics was a discussion over an amendment that could legalize medical marijuana in the state.

AG Debate: Constitutional Amendment #2

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The Attorney General Race is starting to shape up ahead of the November election. Republican incumbent Pam Bondi has released her first ad and Democratic nominee George Sheldon’s latest endorsement from some moderate GOP. But, is the Libertarian candidate getting left out of the race with two candidates from established parties?

A new ad promoting Attorney General Pam Bondi’s pill mill efforts just recently started circulating in major media markets across Florida. “Streets” is Bondi’s first ad, and it highlights her ongoing fight to combat prescription drug abuse.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has released her first ad in her re-election bid, and at least one of her opponents is weighing in on the ad.

Bondi's First Ad

On Tuesday, Bondi’s ad was released statewide, promoting her efforts on cracking down on prescription drug abuse in Florida.

Below is a transcript of the ad:

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A report by the Center for Disease Control highlights some of the efforts Florida’s made to lessen the state’s image as the “Pill Mill Capital of the Country.”

Since she first took office, Attorney General Pam Bondi has made combatting prescription drug abuse a priority, after 98 of the top 100 Oxycodone dispensing doctors were found to be residing in the state.

MGN Online

The Florida Senate approved a slew of measures, teed up some others, and put several measures on hold. They range from an inmate porn ban to a bill stiffening the penalties for hit-and-run drivers.

Flood Insurance Bill

The Florida Senate started off the Session by quickly passing St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes’ Florida Insurance legislation. The measure aims to make it easier for private companies to sell flood insurance.

“Senator Brandes, you are recognized on the bill,” said Senate President Don Gaetz.

David Monniaux

Fewer Floridians died from drug overdose last year than the year before—and the number dying from the prescription painkiller oxycodone dropped by 41 percent. But at the same time, heroin overdose deaths nearly doubled—and people who work with drug addicts say they’re not at all surprised by the trend.

Since 2010, Florida lawmakers and law enforcement officers have cracked down on so-called pill mills—those doctors’ offices prescribing such large amounts of painkillers they’d been labeled “drug pushers in lab coats.”

Florida Oxycodone Deaths Fall 41 Percent In One Year

Sep 24, 2013
Pam Bondi

Florida’s top law enforcement and health officials are celebrating a nearly 9 percent decrease in deaths caused by drug overdoses in a single year. Most of the drop is from a decrease in deaths caused by the prescription pain killer oxycodone.

Tuesday’s numbers from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission put a smile on the face of Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong.

“This represents hundreds of Floridians who have lived to see the bright sunshine of another great Florida day,” he said.

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The ACLU of Florida is recommending law enforcement have warrants before approaching state health officials for patient information housed in the prescription drug database. The names of more than 3,000 Central Florida residents were released to prosecutors and defense attorneys as part of a probe into doctor shopping.  The news is renewing concerns about the balance between privacy and access, and some say the state’s efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse has gone too far.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is recommending law enforcement have warrants before approaching state health officials for patient information housed in the drug database. The recommendation comes after information on more than 3,000 individuals was released to prosecutors and defense attorneys as probe into doctor shopping in Central Florida.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi  is working with nearly half the states in the nation to put an end to a product line of Urban Outfitters that Bondi says contradicts efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

In a letter to the company, Bondi says she along with 22 other attorneys General are calling on Urban Outfitters to stop selling products, like glasses, mugs, and drink holders, that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads.

Sascha Cordner

The overall number of drug-related deaths in Florida is on the rise. Meanwhile, the state is seeing a drop in the number of prescription drug related deaths. Attorney General Pam Bondi says the decrease is the result of a two-year effort by the state to crack down on pill mills. And, the effort also grew with the help of pill mill legislation in 2011.

It’s About Florida: Pill Mills

Aug 2, 2012

The so called “pill mills” are clinics and pharmacies and even doctor’s offices that supply prescription medications with very little oversight. Powerful pain killers like Oxycodone and Oxycontin fetch lots of money in the streets. But federal, state and local agencies are trying to change that and pill mill busts have become a familiar sight over the past year. But some say the crackdown has gone too far.

Fla. Pain Patients: Drug Enforcment Has Gone Too Far

Jul 19, 2012

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the State of Florida continue their crackdown on illegal prescription drug trafficking. But, chronic pain patients say, they’re suffering from unintended consequences of the crackdown.

In late June, a DEA bust nicknamed Operation Pill Street Blues closed seven illegal operations across the state. One of them was the Jacksonville clinic where chronic pain patient Stephen Silva was being treated for his four spine injuries.   

Capital Report: 07-13-2012

Jul 16, 2012

Florida A&M University is preparing to launch another presidential search. It will be the third time the in the last decade the school has had to look for a new president, after James Ammons announced he is resigning from the post. FAMU is still dealing with the fallout from a hazing scandal in its famed marching band following the death of a drum major. But as Lynn Hatter reports, those problems are only the tip of the iceberg facing the university.


"Pill mill" busts have become a familiar sight over the past year, as federal, state and local agencies try to stem the illegal flow of controlled substances from Florida clinics. But, chronic pain sufferers are having a hard time getting their prescriptions filled, and they say the anti-drug crackdown has gone too far.