prescription drug database

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday the state will be able to continue its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program—with some creative funding. The Legislature did not approve money for the drug program this session.

Bondi says the prescription drug monitoring database has been crucial in the state’s fight against "pill mills." Florida’s oxycodone death rate has fallen sharply over the past couple of years. And Bondi says she was surprised to see the Legislature adjourn this session without renewing funding for the program.

Capital Report: 07-12-2013

Jul 12, 2013

Because of federal budget cuts, furloughs are causing Florida National Guard facilities to operate differently.  Stan Jastrzebski visited a base this week where Guard higher-ups briefed the rank-and-file on what to expect, how to protect their money and what delays will be considered acceptable with a four-day work week.

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.