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The Tallahassee Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs this Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

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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.

Florida Lawmaker Pushes For Needle Exchange

Oct 23, 2015

The Obama Administration has a new plan to combat the abuse of heroin and prescription drugs. The president is calling for a shift away from incarceration, and towards prevention, and a Florida Democratic Representative is working on just that: a needle exchange program.

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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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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.

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.

The Florida state task force on prescription drug abuse by pregnant women is finalizing its recommendations to present to the Florida Legislature. The group held one of its final meetings at the Capitol on Monday.

Last year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi assembled the task force, made up mostly of agency heads, lawmakers and doctors. It’s addressing one of her priority issues: the high numbers of babies in Florida who are born addicted to prescription drugs or whose parents are prescription drug abusers.

"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.

A newly-released study is looking into babies born with prescription drug addictions nationwide. As Sascha Cordner reports, the study comes just as Florida officials are trying to tackle the same problem.

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Florida officials say they’re working to tackle drug abuse, but they’re going about it in several different ways. As Sascha Cordner reports, Attorney General Pam Bondi is renewing the focus on prescription drug abuse and its effects on babies. But, Governor Rick Scott has is continuing his effort to drug test thousands of state workers, despite a recent ruling by a federal judge.