A new Statewide Drug Enforcement Strike Force report was released on Monday showing strong progress in Florida's fight against pill mills and the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Bailey detailed the report findings that showed numerous arrests have been made, and thousands of pills have been removed from Florida's streets and neighborhoods. This is great news for Floridians and could have only been accomplished through a collaborative effort on the local, state and federal level. It is clear that combating Florida's deadly prescription drug crisis is a top priority for all of us.

Unfortunately, prescription drug-related deaths have increased by nine percent since 2009, according to the 2010 Drugs in Deceased Persons Report, which was also released on Monday. Although this news is saddening, I am confident that with the tough new laws targeting pill mills now in effect, along with the collaborative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Strike Force, this report will reflect positive changes in the future.

I have made combating prescription drug abuse a main focus of my administration, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect the lives of Floridians and rid our state of deadly pill mills.
Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
Governor and Cabinet Recognize August 27 as “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”

During Tuesday’s meeting with the Governor and Cabinet, Attorney General Pam Bondi sponsored a resolution recognizing Saturday, Aug. 27, as Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the National Family Partnership, Walgreens and C.A.R.E.S. Alliance™, which stands for Collaborating and Acting Responsibly to Ensure Safety, is sponsoring and organizing the second annual statewide drug take-back event to provide citizens with the opportunity to safely return unused or expired prescription drug medication. For the full release, click here.

Attorney General Bondi Sponsors Resolution Honoring FDLE Members

Also in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Attorney General Bondi sponsored a resolution honoring Special Agent Thomas Roper, Law Enforcement Officer Jonathan Croston, Crime Laboratory Analyst Jillian White, and Crime Laboratory Analyst Ryan Warner as the 2010 Florida Department of Law Enforcement winners. The winners were recognized for their outstanding service and commitment to FDLE and their communities.

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Arrests Riviera Beach Woman for Operating Unlicensed Living Facility

Attorney General Bondi announced that a Riviera Beach woman is in custody for her role in the operation of an unlicensed Assisted Living Facility. Monique Wellon, 41, was arrested Thursday by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Riviera Beach Police Department. She is charged with one count of operating and/or maintaining an assisted living facility without a License, a third-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Two Assistant Attorneys General Receive Gang Prosecutor of the Year Awards

Assistant Attorney General Diane Croff and Assistant Attorney General Dan Weisman both received the 2011 Gang Prosecutor of the Year award at the Florida Gang Investigator’s Association’s Conference in Orlando. Croff and Weisman are incredible assets to the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. Prosecutors in the Office of Statewide Prosecution are committed to prosecuting criminal gang activity and protecting the citizens of Florida.

Tampa Little League Baseball Team Goes to World Series

During Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Attorney General Bondi recognized the Palma Ceia Boys Little League Baseball team for making it to the World Series.

Click on the photo to view the video of the Attorney General's well wishes to the team.

Attorney General Bondi Speaks at Manatee Chamber of Commerce Women Mean Business Event

On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi provided remarks and outlined her priorities at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Women Mean Business Workshop. For many years now, women have been paving the road for successful careers, and Attorney General Bondi was honored to speak to such an outstanding group of women.