Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
June 25, 2014
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Attorney General Pam Bondi to Provide Prescription Drug Abuse Presentation to Senate Committee’s Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—On behalf of all of the country’s attorneys general, Attorney General Pam Bondi today will provide a prescription drug abuse presentation to the Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Attorney General Bondi serves as the Co-Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Substance Abuse Subcommittee, and she will provide an overview of the prescription drug abuse epidemic and approaches for stopping prescription drug abuse. Attorney General Bondi will discuss prevention measures, law enforcement efforts, drug exposed newborns, and policy recommendations.

“As Florida has shed its notorious distinction as the ‘pill mill capital of the nation,’ I believe that the knowledge and strategies we have implemented in Florida can help leaders throughout the nation tackle prescription drug abuse,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I appreciate the Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group’s invitation to hear from attorneys general throughout the country on how this epidemic can be addressed on a national level.”

In April, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) established the HELP Committee Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group. The bipartisan staff Working Group is examining: the characteristics and challenges of prescription drug abuse; what the federal government, state governments, public health groups, health care providers, law enforcement, and others are doing to address it; and ways to further address the issue.

Attorney General Bondi is dedicated to shutting down pill mills in Florida. When she first took office, seven Floridians were dying every day due to prescription-drug related deaths. Florida had become the destination for prescription drug distributors and abusers. In 2010, ninety-eight of the top 100 oxycodone purchasing physicians in the nation resided in Florida. Due to wide scale collaboration and tough laws and regulations enacted in 2011, today none of the top dispensing physicians of oxycodone resides in Florida, and for the first time in nearly a decade, Attorney General Bondi announced in 2012 that prescription drug-related deaths had decreased.

To view the presentation, please click here:$file/HELPreport.pdf