|April 3, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
|en Español||Print Version||Tweet|
ORLANDO, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today addressed nearly 900 attendees from 48 states at the UNITE 2nd National Rx Abuse Summit in Orlando, Fla. Attorney General Bondi shared the great strides that Florida, once known as “The Capital of Prescription Drug Abuse,” has made in its efforts to stop prescription drug abuse.
“I am honored to participate for the second consecutive year in Operation UNITE and share Florida’s great progress in our efforts to end prescription drug abuse,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “In 2010, 98 of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone nationwide resided in Florida; today, none of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone nationwide resides in Florida. Also, for the first time in nearly a decade, prescription drug-related deaths in Florida have decreased. By sharing what we have done in Florida to address this epidemic, I hope that other states can implement similar laws and measures to end prescription drug abuse throughout our country.”
Since first taking office, Attorney General Bondi has worked to stop prescription drug abuse. In 2011, she worked with the Florida Legislature to toughen criminal and administrative penalties targeting doctors and clinics engaged in prescription drug trafficking. In 2012, Attorney General Bondi worked with the Florida Legislature to create the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns. The Task Force was charged with examining the scope of the problem of expectant mothers abusing prescription drugs while pregnant and exposing babies to these drugs in the womb, as well as developing sound prevention and treatment strategies. The Task Force has issued its report, which includes key recommendations that are now being implemented.