New Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have indicated they plan to target doctors and pharmaceutical manufacturers who, according to them, distribute pain pills such as Oxycodone and Oxycontin to drug abusers and drug dealers. The recently announced the formation of a new strike force for that purpose and applied $800,000 in unused federal grant money to fund the new strike force. The believe Florida is the a haven for pill mills or pain clinics which disburse these pain pills that are ultimately abused by drug users or re-sold on the street. They state that more Oxycodone has been distributed in Florida than all other states combined, and many of those pills are distributed to people who move them to other states.
According to newly elected Attorney General Bondi, the pill mill issue “is the mission of [her] life right now.”
We have seen the effects of this emphasis on pill mills or pain clinics. Many pain clinics have been shut down in Florida and many people from the employees to the doctors to the owners have been arrested on state and federal charges. Pain clinics are under tremendous scrutiny right now, and many people who assume they have done nothing wrong are being investigated and arrested. If you have any questions about owning, operating or working with a pain clinic in some capacity, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.