|March 1, 2012
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi will testify before a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee at 11:15 a.m. today regarding the scope of the prescription drug abuse crisis and Florida’s efforts to stop this epidemic. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, will hold a hearing on “Prescription Drug Diversion: Combating the Scourge.” She invited Attorney General Bondi to participate given Florida’s crucial role in combating prescription drug abuse. Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and others will also make remarks.
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Attorney General Bondi will discuss Florida’s comprehensive legislation, law enforcement operations, and prevention strategies that are curbing prescription drug abuse and drug diversion in Florida. In 2010, 98 of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone in the nation resided in Florida. Today, only 13 of the top 100 dispensing physicians reside in Florida. Additionally, last year Florida had more than 900 pain management clinics registered within the state, but now there are less than 580.