|May 5, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi will be using $2 million from a past settlement with Caremark to fund the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for four years. This past legislative session, a bill that included state funding for the PDMP, among other things, did not pass.
“Shutting down pill mills and protecting Floridians from prescription drug overdoses has been one of my top priorities. We have made huge strides in the fight against prescription drug abuse. In 2012, I announced that prescription drug-related deaths decreased for the first time in nearly a decade. Since 2010, Florida has experienced a 52 percent decline in oxycodone deaths. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is one important tool in the battle against prescription drug abuse, and by funding it for four years with this settlement money, we can ensure that it continues to be an effective tool.”
When Attorney General Bondi took office, 98 of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone nationwide resided in Florida. Today, none of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone resides in Florida.