Blog: Florida Attorney General Bondi, Florida Department of Law Enforcement check doctors offices’ compliance with pill mill law
Jul 6, 2011
The following article was posted to the Saint PetersBlog in the St. Petersburg Times on July 6, 2011:
Bondi, FDLE check doctors officers’ compliance with pill mill law
By Peter Schorsch
The Department of Health and Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted visits in doctors’ offices around the state on Tuesday to check on compliance with the state’s new pill mill law, reports the News Service of Florida.
The measure prevents doctors from dispensing certain controlled substances, and state officials said the spot inspections were designed to make sure doctors are removing the drugs appropriately from their offices.
A section of the new law allows officials to seize the drugs in the event that a public health emergency is declared – which state Surgeon General Frank Farmer did on Friday. Officials were demanding that doctors found to have the drugs surrender them immediately for destruction or quarantine until they can be returned to the wholesaler.
Officials said they were inspecting 23 doctors’ offices on Tuesday. Attorney General Pam Bondi accompanied officers on some visits.
“With an average of one pain clinic per three days opening in Broward and Palm Beach counties, I am proud to stand at ground zero with our law enforcement partners and tell Floridians that our great state will no longer be known as the pill mill capital of the country,” Bondi said.