Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
September 23, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Attorney General Bondi Recognizes National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—This week is National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week and Attorney General Pam Bondi is recognizing the continued and dedicated efforts to end drug abuse in Florida. From shutting down pill mills, to busting massive drug trafficking rings, Attorney General Bondi is dedicated to combating all forms of drug abuse in Florida.

“One life lost to a drug overdose is too many—that is why I continue in the fight to stop drug abuse not only in Florida but across the country,” said Attorney General Bondi. “My Office works tirelessly to place drug traffickers behind bars and ensure our state is a safe place to live and raise a family.”

When Attorney General Bondi took office in 2011, Florida was known as the pill mill capitol of the country. Attorney General Bondi, working with the state legislature, Governor Rick Scott and law enforcement, cracked down on pill mills, where doctors wrote scripts for large amounts of pain killers and immediately filled the prescriptions in their offices. Thousands of lives have since been saved from prescription overdose in the state.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution also works with local, state and federal partners to investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that peddle these highly-addictive controlled substances and illegal drugs across Florida and the nation. Her statewide prosecutors play a key role in the fight against drug abuse by aggressively prosecuting individuals involved in illegal drug activity spanning multiple jurisdictions.

For more information on the first National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, click here.