Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Our fight against opioid abuse continues, and this week, we reached an agreement with manufacturers of life-saving medicine used to save overdose victims. Standing with Governor Rick Scott, law enforcement and first responders, I announced the agreement to lower the price of Narcan and Naloxone for police, first responders, governmental entities and community-based organizations in Florida.
We also are supporting legislation to give law enforcement, prosecutors and human services organizations more tools to stop drug abuse. HB 477 will add Fentanyl and other deadly synthetic drugs to Florida’s drug trafficking statute, giving state prosecutors the ability to seek stronger sentences against people selling these deadly drugs. HB 807 and SB 788 will create a certification program for sober homes and expand the authority of my Office of Statewide Prosecution to prosecute patient-brokering offenses.
Since 2014, working with local, state and federal law enforcement, my OSP has charged 148 people with heroin trafficking related charges—we will continue our efforts with our law enforcement partners to stop the influx of deadly opioids. We know we cannot just arrest our way out of this problem. That is why I look forward to participating in the newly organized statewide workshops with the Governor’s office to identify additional strategies to address this opioid crisis.
This epidemic is not limited to Florida. It is a national epidemic and local, state and federal agencies must continue to work together to address it. The challenge is great, but as a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I am encouraged that we will find a way to stop the influx of these deadly drugs and save lives.
I want to wish a very Happy Easter to all those celebrating and safe travels to anyone visiting loved ones this holiday weekend.
Attorney General Bondi Kicks Off 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run
Attorney General Pam Bondi kicked off the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefiting the Special Olympics. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and supporters joined Attorney General Bondi and Special Olympics CEO and President Sherry Wheelock at the kickoff event. Local, state and federal law enforcement officers, corrections officers and support staff will carry the Flame of Hope 1,500 miles throughout Florida to bring awareness to Special Olympics. This year, Special Olympics Florida is celebrating its 45th anniversary.
“Special Olympics Florida is an amazing organization that provides some of the most remarkable people with the opportunity to discover new strengths and skills that will last a lifetime,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I want to thank our law enforcement community and all those involved in the Torch Run for supporting these inspiring athletes.” More.
UPDATE: Two More Arrested in Medicaid Fraud Scheme
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of Danielle Richardson, 42, and Vickram Thakur, 50, in connection to a Medicaid fraud scheme. Richardson and Thakur are former employees of DS Connections, Inc., a targeted case management company headquartered in Winter Park, with offices in Clermont and Tallahassee. These two arrests are the ninth and tenth arrests of former DS Connections employees since January 2015 for Medicaid fraud. More.
Provigil Settlement Claims Deadline Extended
The Florida Attorney General’s Office is urging eligible Florida residents to file claims in a $125 million multistate settlement with pharmaceutical companies selling Provigil. The settlement provides $35 million for distribution to eligible consumers who paid for the brand-name drug Provigil or generic modafinil. Per the states’ request, the court extended the time to file claims or express views on the settlement to June 25, 2017.
Provigil includes the active ingredient modafinil and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work disorder. More.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Governor Rick Scott and fellow Cabinet members, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for a meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet in Tallahassee.
The Bell Shoals Baptist Church Issues Team giving the invocation for the Cabinet meeting. Members of the team include Pastor John Martin, Mary Hoxworth, Dennis Miller, Emma Jane Miller, Terry Payne, James Townsend and Bob Wilder.
Attorney General Bondi, Governor Scott and fellow Cabinet members with the Florida Federation of Republican Women.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Fawn, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Fawn and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi joining CFO Atwater to honor all of Florida’s fallen firefighters at the Ringing of the Bell Ceremony at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in the capitol courtyard.
Attorney General Bondi with Governor Scott, law enforcement and first responders discussing efforts to combat opioid abuse. The full news conference is available to watch through The Florida Channel, here.
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission convened Wednesday in Tallahassee at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Attorney General Bondi is honored to sit on the 37-member Commission that convenes every 20 years to review and propose changes to Florida’s Constitution.
Attorney General Bondi kicking off the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting Special Olympics Florida. To watch the kickoff, click here. For more information on the Torch Run and Special Olympics Florida, click here.
The torch run participants finishing the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Runners started at the Publix in the Lake Ella Plaza and finished at the steps of the Old Capitol.
The Attorney General’s Office torch run team participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Tallahassee.