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Vern Buchanan demands answers on VA drug thefts

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Congressman Vern Buchanan Thursday demanded answers from the new Veterans Affairs secretary about the nationwide theft of opioids and prescription drugs intended to help suffering veterans. In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, the Sarasota Republican wrote, “I’m concerned that Florida veterans may be at risk following press reports of a shocking spike in drug thefts at VA health facilities across the country.” “The perpetrators are stealing directly from veterans who need help,” Buchanan wrote. “In addition, those VA…

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Florida’s drug laws are giving me a pain in the ass

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No one disputes that opiate addiction is a national problem. Statistics show that over 52,000 Americans died because of drug abuse, or about 142 people a day. One-third of those deaths are from opioids prescribed by doctors. Although a national problem, Florida led the nation in opioid abuse until recently. Individuals from all over the southeastern United States flooded into Florida to visit our “pill mills.” I-75 was known as the gateway to easy drugs. In fact, the Drug Enforcement…

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Florida seizes $95 million in marijuana plants in 2014, new report says

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Florida’s war on marijuana cultivation was an unqualified success last year, according to the annual report from the Domestic Marijuana Eradication (DME) Program. In 2014, sheriff’s deputies and police officers statewide busted a combined 582 marijuana grow houses and outdoor operations, says Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who announced the findings on Tuesday. “Our partnership with local law enforcement helps keep marijuana out of our communities, making them safer for the 20 million residents who call Florida home,” Putnam adds. As…

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