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Florida’s tough moves help shut down ‘pill mills’

The state known not-so-affectionately as the Oxy Express is making headway in shutting down clinics that seem to exist to hand out questionable prescriptions.

Officials in the state have instituted new laws and licensing rules to cut off clinics and pharmacies that dispense the meds like candy. Among the measures taken:

  • barring doctors from dispensing narcotics and other addictive medicines from their offices
  • performing background checks on owners and employees of pharmacies, and
  • passing stiffer penalties for people who violate the laws governing narcotics distribution.

So far, it’s working. Last year, Florida doctors purchased 89% of all Oxycodone sold to practitioners in the U.S. In the first six months of this year, their purchasing power dropped by 97% compared to the same time period last year.

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