This legislative session, I concentrated on issues concerning the public safety of Floridians, and this week Governor Scott signed two of my top legislative priorities into law.
In January, I filed an emergency order temporarily banning a new synthetic drug known as "bath salts" or MDPV. The drug produces a cocaine-like high, and users exhibit violent behavior and serious medical complications. The emergency rule enabled our state to act quickly to remove these dangerous substances from store shelves and had an direct impact. One poison control center reported an immediate reduction in calls regarding overdoses on MDPV. On Tuesday, Governor Scott signed a bill permanently banning the use and sale of this dangerous drug.
Friday morning, Governor Scott signed crucial legislation giving law enforcement and regulators the tools they need to crack down on pill mills and protect Floridians. Florida is known as the pill mill capital of the nation, and prescription drug overdoses are costing many Floridians' their lives. This legislation sends a clear message that we will no longer tolerate this behavior and Florida will no longer be a safe haven for prescription drug dealers and abusers.
I greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts made by our lawmakers and Governor Scott to improve the lives of Floridians. This is a great example of the power law enforcement officers and lawmakers can have when working together for the good of the people. I am honored to have worked closely with everyone involved in support of such important causes.
Next week, I will be going to Atlanta for the oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in our challenge against the unconstitutional federal health care law. Former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement will present arguments on behalf of Florida and the 25 other states participating in this lawsuit. The oral arguments will be held on June 8.