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More fallout from Rick Scott's decision to close Office of Drug Control



Lynn Locascio voted for Rick Scott. But when she learned he plans to close the governor's Office of Drug Control, she started writing letters to everyone she knows. Locascio of Crystal Beach has a 26-year-old son who was severely addicted to Vicodin and Oxycontin. Five years ago, he overdosed twice, went to jail and came out clean a year later. Ever since, Locascio, 53, has worked with other parents, drug abuse agencies and even the Office of Drug Control to bring awareness to the prescription drug problem. "We are the pill capital of the U.S., and this jerk comes in and snaps his fingers and dumps the program we need?" she said angrily Thursday. Gov.-elect Scott's decision to close the governor's drug control office has many people concerned that Florida will move backward in its efforts to stave off drug addiction. With prescription drug deaths on the rise, they worry that shutting the office and shifting its duties to other busy agencies will dilute its effectiveness. Read more here.

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