Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 17 • May 13, 2011

Florida's prescription drug abuse problem has become our state's top public safety threat. This epidemic facing Floridians not only causes seven deaths per day, but also it is responsible for hundreds of babies who are born addicted to prescription drugs. Unfortunately, the number of babies born under these conditions is skyrocketing.

Today, I met with administrators and caregivers from St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa who treat babies born addicted to prescription drugs. Side effects can include: vomiting, diarrhea, inconsolable crying, and seizures. With proper treatment and care, these babies can be weaned from the dangerous prescription drugs.

Meeting with doctors and nurses who care for these infants was educational and exposes the consequences of prescription drug abuse that is not readily apparent. It is essential that we educate those around us about the dangers associated prescription drug abuse and raise awareness in order to save the lives of infants who do not have a choice.

In the News
Wall Street Journal, Florida Targeting 'Pill Mills'
St. Petersburg Times, Passage of Florida's prescription drug overhaul is long overdue

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Announces Settlement with Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery Regarding Collection Practices

Attorney General Bondi announced that on Friday her office, along with attorneys general and consumer protection authorities in the 49 other states, reached a settlement with Movie Gallery, Inc. resolving certain collection practices regarding Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery customer accounts. The agreement removes adverse credit reporting, eliminates a $75 collection fee, and waives interest for consumers who had negative credit information reported to credit bureaus. Click here for the full release.

Attorney General Bondi Sues JLF University for Fraudulent Nursing and Medical Programs

On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi announced that her office has sued JLF University, Inc. and affiliated entities, in Miramar, Fla., for defrauding medical and nursing students. The owner, Joseph LaFortune, allegedly promised students that they would be eligible for licensure upon graduation. After completing the programs, the students learned that because the medicine and nursing programs are not accredited or approved, they would not be eligible for licensure in Florida. For the full story, click here.


Events
Attorney General Bondi Attends Pinellas County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Attorney General Bondi participated in the annual Pinellas County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, honoring those community officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. It takes brave and selfless people to commit their lives to a job in law enforcement, and Attorney General Bondi is eternally grateful to those who have dedicated their lives to protecting Florida’s citizens.





Attorney General Bondi Attends Special Olympics Opening Games

On Friday, Attorney General Bondi attended the 39th Annual Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games opening ceremonies at the ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Walt Disney World Resort. More than 1,500 athletes will compete in bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball at this event.