On July 1st new laws went into effect to combat prescription drug abuse in Florida. This week, I joined Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti and South Florida's Regional Drug Enforcement Strike Force as they quarantined prescription drugs from physicians no longer authorized to dispense certain controlled substances. The operation was a success with more than 105,000 prescription pain pills surrendered at 24 locations throughout the state. With continued efforts such as the operations this week, Florida will no longer be known as the pill mill capital of the United States.
From fighting Florida's pill mills to patrolling our neighborhoods, Florida's law enforcement community plays a vital role in preserving the safety of the citizens of this state. Sadly, Florida lost an exceptional law enforcement member Sunday morning. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy John Mecklenburg, who lost his life protecting the citizens of his community. After spending time with his wife, Penny, I know that she is an amazing person, like her husband. His tragic death is yet another sad reminder of the sacrifices that the law enforcement community throughout our state makes on our behalf every single day.