TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 16 August 2011 – Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued the following statement on the results of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Strike Force efforts and the 2010 Drugs in Deceased Persons Report:
“Today’s announcement that hundreds of thousands of prescription drugs are no longer being dispensed illegally and that so many have been arrested is great news for Floridians. This could have only been accomplished through a collaborative effort, and the Drug Enforcement Strike Force is clearly committed to eradicating Florida’s pill mill crisis. I am grateful to Governor Scott for establishing this strike force.
“The fact that prescription drug-related deaths have increased since 2009
is crushing, and with our continued efforts I am confident that these
reports will reflect positive changes in the future,” stated Attorney
General Pam Bondi.
Attorney General Pam Bondi made combating prescription drug abuse a focus
of her administration. Among many efforts, highlights of the fight against prescription drug abuse include:
· Successfully championing legislation to combat Florida’s pill mills, which includes stricter administrative and criminal penalties;
· Prosecuting prescription drug-related cases when the illegal activity spans multiple jurisdictions through the Office of
· Raising awareness about the effects of prescription drug abuse on newborns; and
· Coordinating with governmental partners at all levels to fight prescription drug abuse.
To find out more about the pill mill epidemic and solutions, please visit: www.MyFloridaLegal.com.