Sen. Fasano takes smart approach to crack down on ?ill mills?without government interference of patient/doctor relationship

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One of the unfinished pieces of business in the 2011 legislative session is legislation to crack down on pill mills and shut down the ?xyContin Express.?

It is a priority for Florida to curb the abuse and misuse of powerful pain pills.

The House has passed an approach that many have argued increases government infringement on the doctor/patient relationship. Sen. Mike Fasano is proposing a wise and courageous solution that upholds the true conservative position of respecting the doctor/patient relationship.

The approach Sen. Fasano is taking enhances penalties needed to crack down on pill mills, punish the bad actors, and save lives.

While some have engaged in over-the-top rhetoric on this issue, Sen. Fasano is not getting caught up in the dramatic language that has dominated the debate. He is wisely focused on providing police and prosecutors with tools to step up enforcement, save lives and bring the bad actors to justice.

The approach he will put before the Senate is a better one for patients across the board. It will strengthen the hand of Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement in punishing pill mill operators and protecting lives. It also protects and preserves the patient/doctor relationship from unnecessary and potentially harmful government interference ?an important conservative principle.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.