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Pill mill bill signed; Broward looking at moratorium

The pill bill mill, that puts stringent requirements on who can operate a pain clinic in Florida was signed by Gov. Charlie Crist. As the ink dries on that bill, (Click to read Senate Bill 2272) Broward County officials are working to put their own laws in place to curb the clinics which are famous for dispensing mass amounts of pain pills to customers, from both in-state and out-of-state.

On Tuesday, June 8th at the 2:00 PM public hearing portion of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the County Commission will be considering an agenda item about pain management clinics, also known as “pill mills.”

Broward County leads the state in prescription drug overdoses, and the number of pain management clinics in Broward more than doubled from August 2008 to November 2009.  The proliferation of pill mills throughout Broward is a grave problem with potentially deadly consequences, and our local community is no different.

Recently, County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs asked the county attorney to prepare an ordinance that would place a one-year moratorium on these clinics in unincorporated Broward County. The ordinance is designed to help dramatically slow the growth of pill mills while the Commission considers the best approaches to regulating these clinics throughout our county.

“Your voice will be critical in passage of this important ordinance, so please contact your Commissioner (their contact information is listed below) to tell them you want us to fight back against those who engage in this predatory practice,” said Jacobs. “If possible, please consider attending the above-mentioned public hearing on June 8th at 2:00 PM in the Commission Chambers at Governmental Center to speak in favor of the ordinance.”

You can also contact county commissioners below.

Commissioner Telephone Number Email Address
Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, District 1 (
Commissioner Kristin D. Jacobs, District 2 (
County Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (
County Vice Mayor Ken Keechl, District 4 (
Commissioner Lois Wexler, District 5 (
Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, District 6 (
Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr., District 7 (
Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, District 8 (
Commissioner Albert C. Jones, District 9 (

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Posted by AdamF on Jun 7 2010. Filed under Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Health, Local news, Tallahassee. 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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