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Florida’s New Attorney General Targets Pill Mills and OxyContin Addiction
Florida’s new attorney general, Pam Bondi, has announced she will push for additional legislation to toughen the state’s crackdown on so-called “pill mills” — the hundreds of notorious pain clinics that contribute to the massive Florida OxyContin addiction problem.
“Just the other day I had someone say that a friend’s child overdosed,” Bondi, the first woman to serve as Florida’s attorney general, said in a recent interview. “I said, ‘It was OxyContin, wasn’t it?’ They said, ‘How did you know?’ It’s so widespread in our state. That’s something we don’t want to be known for.”
Attorney General Bondi has appointed Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, to lead a new office in the A-G’s department that will focus on prescription drug abuse, which costs the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The fact that Aronberg is a Democrat doesn’t matter, Bondi said, because he’s very familiar with this issue and cares very deeply about it.
Calling Florida "the drug supplier for the rest of the country,” Aronberg told the media that he and Bondi both believe that “public safety isn’t a partisan issue. Florida has become the drug supplier for the rest of the country, and with seven Floridians a day dying from prescription drug abuse, urgent action is needed.”
OxyContin addiction is among the state’s worst prescription drug abuse problems, one that keeps Florida’s OxyContin detox centers humming 24/7 year round.
Florida’s out-of-control pill mills fuel not only Florida’s OxyContin addiction, they flood the Southeastern and Central states and the entire east coast all the way to Maine with millions of OxyContin and other prescription narcotic pills every year. Addicts and drug dealers from all over the country use Florida’s pill mills as a primary source of supply for illicit prescription drugs.
Battle against Florida OxyContin addiction not helped by closing of Office of Drug Control
A 2010 report by the governor’s Office of Drug Control (ODC) called abuse of prescription drugs “the major public health and safety problem facing Florida.” The ODC has been the primary driving force behind the state’s budding Prescription Drug Monitoring System.
But Florida’s new governor-elect Rick Scott blind-sided everyone’s hopes for effective action against Florida’s prescription drug abuse and OxyContin addiction nightmare by closing the ODC, ostensibly as a cost-cutting measure.
Meanwhile, the badly needed Prescription Drug Monitoring System, which holds such high hopes to help reduce Florida’s OxyContin addiction rates, and all other prescription drug abuse problems, was still struggling to become reality.
Already shown to work well in at least two dozen other states, a computerized prescription system allows doctors and pharmacists to track prescriptions and drug sales, helping provide legitimate patients with better health care. Doctors and pharmacists can see a patient’s prescription drug history at a glance, which helps avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions, allergies and overdoses.
But prescription drug monitoring systems also allow doctors, pharmacists and if necessary, law enforcement personnel, to more easily prevent illicit “doctor shoppers” from acquiring fraudulent prescriptions. Florida’s prescription drug monitoring system could conceivably be expanded beyond drug stores to include pain clinics and pill mills, which sell drugs directly to the public and contribute so much to Florida’s prescription drug abuse and OxyContin addiction epidemic.
Bruce D. Grant, the ODC’s director, found out unceremoniously in an email that his four-person team was to be eliminated. Yet it was the dedicated, hard-working ODC team that raised the initial public and private funding that got the program started and underway. The team has continued to champion additional fundraising, and needed legislation, to get the program off the ground and into a test phase.
Scott’s idea of handing over the work of the ODC in bits and pieces to various offices in the Department of Health is woefully inadequate, if not utterly unworkable. The health department is already stretched far too thin to add prescription drug abuse to its daily battle plan.
In fact, Scott’s abrupt elimination of the ODC not only raises questions about the future of the much heralded prescription drug monitoring program, it raises serious questions about Scott’s true personal position regarding the billion-dollar pill mill industry. By his actions, Scott’s campaign promises for action against Florida’s prescription drug abuse problem, so typified by OxyContin addiction, appear to be the typical empty assurances of the worst kind of self-interested politician.
OxyContin addiction is best met with medical OxyContin detox
Many OxyContin detox programs don’t create a fully personalized detox program based on each patient’s unique health needs. Instead, they apply the same OxyContin detox program to everyone who enrolls. Such programs, called “one-size-fits-all”, have made many people that could be helped stay away from all OxyContin detox centers — they’ve either tried such programs and failed to achieve their goals, or they’ve heard the horror stories.
At Novus Medical Detox Center in Florida’s Pasco County, there are no one-size-fits-all detox programs. Every OxyContin detox program is personally tailored to match the exact needs of each and every patient.
Novus OxyContin detox medical protocols are vastly superior, and always include:
- A detox program fully personalized to meet your metabolic needs
- A well-trained, highly experienced and understanding team
- Expert medical supervision at every stage of treatment
- Complete confidentiality and private or shared rooms
- One-on-one support counseling available 24/7
- No shocking upsets to your body from treatment
- Very likely you can work or relax during treatment
- Healthy, delicious meals and nutritional supplements to help speed healing
- A happy conclusion usually within one or two weeks, withdrawn from all dependent substances and not taking any new drugs.
Novus Medical Detox Center is located in a quiet, semi-rural corner of Florida’s Pasco County, a perfect setting for private drug and alcohol treatment. And like all our detox programs, Novus OxyContin detox program works without the pain and misery so often associated with this vital first step back to a life free from dependence.
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