Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


February 23, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi Applauds U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Partners for South Florida Pill Mill Arrests

Attorney General Pam Bondi applauds the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and partners’ enforcement efforts today against pill mills. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and police departments from at least eight cities collaborated in a lengthy investigation and today’s enforcement activity. Florida Department of Health inspectors also assisted.

“I congratulate the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and partnering agencies on the arrests made today,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “With seven deaths per day due to prescription drug overdoses, we need to do everything we can to stop pill mills. The legislative proposals I have introduced will give authorities enhanced resources so they can take immediate action and bring these criminals to justice.”

Earlier this month, Attorney General Pam Bondi unveiled a series of legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session to shutdown pill mills. These proposals include: increased penalties for those who fraudulently register as a pain clinic; mandatory six-month suspensions and fines for doctors who violate standards of care when prescribing controlled substances; and improved mechanisms for the inventory of controlled substances at pain clinics. Attorney General Bondi’s top priority is to aggressively tackle this public safety crisis.