Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 1 • February 4, 2011

It has only been a month since taking the oath of office, but my tenure serving Floridians has already been productive and rewarding on many levels. Knowing that the people of this great state have put their trust in me is not only a huge honor, but deeply humbling.

Last week I announced an emergency rule banning the sale of an extremely dangerous drug commonly referred to as “bath salts” and added it to the list of controlled substances. The rule provides law enforcement with the tools necessary to take this dangerous substance off the shelves and protect the abusers from themselves as well as others. Already, poison control centers are reporting less calls from users being harmed by these dangerous drugs. I would like to thank local and state law enforcement for their efforts in getting these drugs off the shelves.

This week, a federal judge struck down the federal health care law as unconstitutional. This was a huge victory for not only Florida, but the entire nation and I am proud to play a role in such an important triumph. We will continue to stand up for liberty as this historic case makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yesterday, I unveiled my comprehensive strategy to address pill mills in Florida. Our state needs a unified effort at every level to eradicate Florida’s pill mills and our office is working tirelessly with state and local law enforcement, as well as our federal partners, to curtail the dangerous dispensing and abuse of prescription drugs.

Thank you for the opportunity to defend and protect the citizens of this great state.

In the News
Wall Street Journal Column - Pam Bondi: The States Versus Obamacare
FOX News - The More Not Merrier for Obamacare
The Today Show - 'Bath Salts': The New Designer Drug?
St. Petersburg Times - As Pam Bondi announces crackdown on prescription drug abuse, 55 arrested in Hillsborough
Tampa Tribune - Bath salts ban reduces calls to state's poison control center

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Unveils New Strategies to Fight Florida’s Growing Pill Mill Problems

Attorney General Pam Bondi unveiled her comprehensive strategy to address pill mills in Florida, including a series of legislative recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. Because of pill mills, Florida leads the nation in diverted prescription drugs, and Attorney General Bondi has made it her top priority to aggressively tackle this public safety crisis. Attorney General Bondi was joined today by law enforcement officials throughout the state.

In addition to her legislative proposals, Attorney General Bondi outlined the need for aggressive administrative enforcement on pain clinics and doctors; increased criminal prosecution through partnerships between the Office of Statewide Prosecution and State Attorneys in high drug-trafficking areas; and long-term prevention strategies such as drug takebacks and drug courts.

“Our state needs a unified effort at every level to eradicate Florida’s pill mills,” said Attorney General Bondi. “We are working with state and local law enforcement, as well as our federal partners, to curtail the dangerous dispensing and abuse of prescription drugs.”

Click here to read the full release and see the exhibits from the press event.




Attorney General Bondi Files Emergency Rule Banning the Dangerous Synthetic Drug Marketed as "Bath Salts"

Attorney General Pam Bondi joined FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey and Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen and other law enforcement officials, as well as legislative leaders, to announce the filing of an emergency rule that will add substances containing MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone), commonly known as “bath salts” to the schedule of controlled substances.

“Due to the violent nature of the side effects involved in taking these drugs, the emergency rule will provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to take this dangerous substance off the shelves and protect the abusers from themselves as well as others,” said Attorney General Bondi. “These are dangerous drugs that should not be confused with any type of common bath product.”

See the press release for more information.



Other Topics of Interest
Florida Attorney General Names Osceola County Department of Corrections Officer the 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Attorney General Pam Bondi named Osceola County Department of Corrections Officer Reeshemah Taylor as the recipient of the Attorney General's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for 2010. Officer Taylor was joined by ten fellow officers from around the state at a ceremony recognizing them for their dedication to law enforcement and their protection of the public.

“Our state is lucky to have some of the best law enforcement officers in the nation,” Attorney General Bondi said at the ceremony honoring the nominees. “Every day these officers and their families sacrifice in order to protect and serve their communities. I am honored to be able to show my appreciation for their incredible contribution to our society.”


For more information on Officer Taylor and the other nominees, click here.