Outgoing state Surgeon General Frank Farmer talks pill mills

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Ormond Beach physician Frank Farmer resigned this month as state surgeon general to spend more time with his wife, who is battling breast cancer.

But in an interview with The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Farmer discussed issues such as pill mills, the future of primary care and a recent legislative proposal to decentralize public-health services to counties.

Among other things, Farmer described illegitimate pain clinics as “drug dealers” and said a lack of money will force the state to reduce primary-care services offered in health-department offices.

Here is a link to the News-Journal story via the News Service of Florida.

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