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Drug monitoring program that Gov. Rick Scott rejects works in other states



After seven years of debate, the Florida Legislature approved a prescription drug monitoring system in 2009 that was set to start operating this year. But Gov. Rick Scott wants to repeal it, citing concerns about patient privacy, paying for the system, and how effective it would be.

But 34 states already have such programs up and running and say they don't have the kind of problems Scott fears. Some say the real concern is that Florida, where an average of seven people die every day of prescription drug abuse, will continue to be one of the states without a database.

"I don't think your governor understands the impact Florida's pill mills are having outside the state,'' said Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. Read the story.

[Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 7:49pm]


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