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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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Pain, pain, go away: Finding a middle ground in Florida’s opioid epidemic

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Opioid abuse is a growing medical problem in the nation and in Florida. In 2015, 52,404 Americans died as a result of drug abuse, or about 142 individuals every day. This makes opioid abuse a greater killer than automobile accidents or gun-inflicted homicides and suicides. About one-third of the deaths are from opioids prescribed by physicians. For several years, Florida led the nation in opioid deaths. I-75 was known as the “Oxy Express,” because so many out-of-state residents headed to…

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Pain clinic regs remain intact under bill passed by the Senate

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Regulations for pain management clinics are set to expire in January, but the Florida Senate passed a bill on April 1 that would keep the requirements intact indefinitely. Sponsored by state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, SB 450, passed unanimously and without any debate or controversy. A companion bill, HB 4017, has cleared all the committees of reference and is on the House Calendar, awaiting action. Florida had earned the reputation of being a pill mill state, a state known for prescription…

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