Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 399 • July 06, 2018
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing



This week, pivotal legislation in our fight against the national opioid crisis went into effect in Florida. HB 21 places limits on the volume of prescription opioids doctors can write patients for acute pain, in an effort to prevent the deadly cycle of addiction.

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.

In the News
Trio accused of bilking South Florida retirees into investing in phony fish farm, WPLG
How Florida’s new opioid-prescription law affects you, The Ledger

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


Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Takes Legal Action Against Student Loan Debt Relief Scammers
Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a court action against several companies allegedly involved in a student loan debt relief scam. According to the complaint, Integrity Group US Inc.; OnlineDoc Prep Inc.; Online Student Loan.Org Inc.; Students Loan Services.Org Inc.; and owner Thomas H. Rohan, induced consumers into paying upfront fees for student loan debt consolidation, loan forgiveness and other debt relief services never provided or not performed as promised.

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.



Events
Attorney General Pam Bondi hopes everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday.