I am proud that Florida is a leader in this ongoing fight to end addiction. Sadly, 175 Americans die a day at the hands of this crisis. If our country continues on this tragic path, it is hard to imagine a family not affected by this epidemic. Working with Florida leaders we have made fighting this crisis a top priority and our collaborative efforts with the passage of this legislation represents our state’s continued commitment to tackling this sad reality and saving lives. As a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I am proud to also support national efforts in developing a comprehensive approach to combating the opioid crisis.
Recently, my office filed legal action against some of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid crisis. This action seeks to hold some of the defendants accountable for profiting from the pain and suffering of Floridians. My office also continues to prosecute drug traffickers who bring fentanyl, heroin, opioids and other addictive drugs into our state.
In closing, I want to thank Representative Jim Boyd and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto for sponsoring this legislation and Governor Rick Scott for supporting our efforts to fight the opioid crisis and save lives. With HB 21, now Florida law, all doctors should be on notice that these new restrictions will be strictly enforced––if any doctor prescribes you anything over the legal limit, please contact my office at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.
Opioid addiction: How EMS are adapting to frequent overdoses, Pensacola News Journal
'Pill mill' doc who prescribed 1.2 million doses of opioids found guilty, Sun-Sentinel
Florida now has one of the strictest opioid prescribing laws in the country, Fist Coast News
New state law means more work, but hopefully less opioids on Suncoast streets, WWSB
The complaint alleges that, Integrity Group US Inc. and the other corporate defendants operated the unlawful enterprise primarily out of Boynton Beach, but offered debt management services to consumers throughout Florida and the United States. The complaint further alleges that Rohan specifically targeted public-sector workers, including teachers in Palm Beach County, and collected upfront fees of up to $999 from unsuspecting consumers. More.