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Florida's Pharmaceutical Lawsuit Gets Boost From Legislature

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Attorney General Ashley Moody will have access to information in a prescription drug monitoring database under a bill passed this session.

The legislation is expected to strengthen the state’s lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies by providing information on the prescription and dispensing of controlled substances.

“I think if you look at the legislation that the attorney general passes, she is looking forward to really delving in and seeing where the breakdowns are, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity for us as a state to move forward,” says Leutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez.

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services has made this week National Prevention week. It focuses on substance abuse and mental health awareness. Opioid use is on the rise in Florida, as it is in many state across the U.S.