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At odds in the pill mill fight



For state Rep. Rob Schenck, news of the biggest prescription pill crackdown in Hernando County's history hit close to home.

The Spring Hill Republican's district office on Spring Hill Drive is a roughly 10-minute drive to Glory Pharmacy. Left on Linden Boulevard, right on Mariner Boulevard, about 5 miles one way.

In a news conference last week, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced that a nine-month investigation focusing on Glory Pharmacy had culminated in 53 arrests — and counting.

Schenck, who has become a central figure in the debate over how to battle the prescription drug abuse and distribution in the Sunshine State, said this week he was not surprised. But Schenck's efforts in Tallahassee have him at odds with the state's attorney general over what many in law enforcement see as a key tool in fighting the epidemic. Read more here.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:59am]


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