Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
We have made great strides in the fight to end prescription drug abuse in Florida, and this weekend you can play a part in helping us keep dangerous drugs off our streets. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and anyone with expired or unwanted prescription drugs can use this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinet.
Old prescriptions, especially painkillers, are an easy target for people looking for a quick high. Often times, no longer needed prescriptions fall into the hands of friends or family members. Prescription drugs sitting unused in a medicine cabinet may tempt someone with a lifelong struggle with drug addiction or end up in the hands of a curious child.
The good news is you can help us save lives by participating in the National Drug Take-Back Day. Emptying our medicine cabinets of unnecessary drugs is the most effective way to help curb prescription drug abuse. Check all prescription labels, and if any are expired or no longer needed, please take them to the nearest drop-off point, where trained professionals can help dispose of them in a responsible manner.
For nearby participating locations, click here.
Drug abuse destroys families and endangers our communities, and we must do everything we can to stop addiction before it begins. One life lost to a drug overdose is too many—that is why I encourage all Floridians to stop by a local drop-off location this Saturday and help end prescription drug abuse and save lives.
Meth Ring Dismantled
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, along with other federal, state and local partners, announced 19 arrests in connection to a large-scale methamphetamine distribution ring operating in Volusia County. Active arrest warrants are issued for six additional suspects in connection to this drug trafficking ring.
“Meth is a highly addictive drug that can be deadly to users and wreak havoc on families and communities,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal partners, this criminal organization funneling crystal meth into Florida is shut down.”
According the investigation, Ryan Prouse and Christopher Tsikuris headed the organization, routinely suppling methamphetamine to a network of lower-level drug dealers throughout Volusia County. Tsikuris allegedly made frequent trips out-of-state to buy large quantities of meth and then brought the drugs back to Florida for distribution. More.