I have been committed to eliminating Florida's pill mill surge that is devastating the lives of Floridians throughout our state. In September, my office launched a series of free workshops for law enforcement officers throughout Florida entitled "Prescription Drug Diversion and Abuse." The workshops provide education and information for law enforcement on the scope of prescription drug diversion in our state.
This week, I visited the Prescription Drug Diversion and Abuse workshop in Gainesville. More than 45 law enforcement officers from the Alachua County area attended. The workshop provided an overview of Florida law, reviewed commonly abused pharmaceuticals, and covered various other topics, such as lawful prescribing and the prevention of diversion.
We have made great strides in eradicating pill mills, but there is still work to be done. With the continued commitment of law enforcement and increased education and awareness efforts, we will continue to see a decline in the number of pill mills in Florida. I remain dedicated to protecting Floridians and making our state a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.
Attorney General Bondi Testifies Before Legislative Committee on Pill Mills
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi testified in the Budget Sub-committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations. She thanked the legislators for passing the pill mill bill this past legislative session and also updated them on the progress being made in Florida’s fight against pill mills and prescription drug abuse. The new laws have resulted in nearly 1,000 arrests and more than 250,000 pills have been removed from Florida’s streets and neighborhoods. Attorney General Bondi expressed gratitude for the tools our state now has in place to shut down pill mills and save lives.
Attorney General Bondi's Office Arrests Escambia County Nursing Assistant for Abuse
On Friday, Attorney General Bondi announced that Antoinette White, a Certified Nursing Assistant formerly employed by Specialty Center of Pensacola, was arrested and charged with striking an elderly resident in the chest. White, an Escambia County resident, was taken into custody by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for battery on a person sixty-five or older. The arrest was made by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. If convicted, she could receive up to five years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit.
Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins Challenge to EPA Cross State Air Pollution Rule
Attorney General Pam Bondi, on behalf of the state of Florida, joined Nebraska and six other states in their challenge to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Cross State Air Pollution Rule. Florida’s concerns with the rule include: the failure to allow an adequate opportunity to remedy emission activity independently, the use of questionable methodologies and modeling in analyzing the impact on other states, and the disproportionate required reduction in emissions now being placed on Florida. Read the full release here.
Attorney General Bondi Presents Resolutions to Palma Ceia Boys Baseball and Girls Softball Teams during Cabinet Meeting
During Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Attorney General Bondi presented resolutions to the boys Palma Ceia Junior League Baseball team and the girls Palma Ceia Junior League Softball team, honoring them for representing Florida at the Junior League World Series.