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BSO working to combat prescription drug abuse in Broward

Broward County has been in the spotlight recently for its role in a grave, nationwide epidemic – the abuse of prescription drugs. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has launched a massive awareness campaign aimed at reducing the impact of the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Broward County.

“Prescription drug abuse can touch any family in Broward County,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “The best thing parents can do is learn about the issue. We cannot arrest this problem away.”

BSO’s enhanced campaign recognizes that prescription drug abuse begins at home, and prevention is a parental responsibility.

“I have been working on the problem of prescription drug abuse for nearly a decade, and only now do I see true government leadership on this issue. I think Sheriff Lamberti deserves a lot of credit for being a leader in the effort to save lives,” said Florida Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres). “Thousands of lives have been destroyed by the abuse of these dangerous medications. This is a crisis affecting all of Florida and will continue to spread unless we act now.”

BSO Oakland Park detectives have been at the forefront of the battle against the abuse of prescription drugs.

Their latest move hopes to deter the practice known as “doctor shopping” by telling pill-shoppers to make a move…if they dare.

As of this morning (Friday, February 26), a message board has been posted in front of the pain clinics at 291W. Commercial Blvd., with the message “Undercover narcotic operations in progress.  Do you feel lucky?”

Sheriff Al Lamberti launched an educational campaign on Thursday to inform parents that more people are dying from prescription drug abuse than illicit drugs.  Kids are reaching into their parent’s medicine cabinet for their next fix.  They’re also buying it from pill shoppers or getting them from their friends.

Related posts:

  1. Lauderdale Lakes instituting prescription drug card program
  2. White House releases new study on teen drug use
  3. BSO radio show going on the air Sundays
  4. Lt. Governor Kottkamp Joins Lawmakers to Announce Legislation to Continue Cracking Down on Pill Mills
  5. Florida House approves pill mill bill; tighter restrictions on pain doctors

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Feb 26 2010. Filed under Broward County, Crime, Fort Lauderdale, Local news, Oakland Park. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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