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Gov. Rick Scott signs legislation to crack down on pill mills

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday aimed at cracking down on clinics that frivolously dispense pain pills, feeding a nationwide prescription drug abuse epidemic.

"Florida will shed its title as the Oxy Express," Scott said at a bill signing ceremony in Tampa.

Scott has been under pressure from elected officials throughout the country to do something about the proliferation of so-called "pill mills" that attract people from other states seeking easy access to highly addictive, powerful painkillers.

"The toll our nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic has taken in communities nationwide is devastating and Florida is ground zero," said Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy after Scott signed the bill.

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[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 2:30pm]


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