Mike Fasano blasts Rick Scott for failing to fund prescription drug monitoring program

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Never one to stay silent on critical issues, Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano condemned the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott’s failure to fund the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Florida’s PDMP, known as E-FORCSE (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Program), was created in 2009 to encourage safer prescription of controlled substances, as a way to reduce drug abuse and misuse statewide.

The former state Representative and Senator had sponsored the legislation creating PDMP, and he has been a vocal advocate for continued funding of the program.

“The total failure of this legislature and governor to properly protect the citizens of our state is disappointing,” Fasano said in a statement issued Monday. “This is one tool that law enforcement has long supported, as a means to protect our citizens. To end this legislative session without funding the PDMP has put countless lives in jeopardy.”

 

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