|Published:||Mar 04, 2011 8:54 PM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 04, 2011 5:54 PM EST|
SARASOTA, Fla.- A Florida congressman is unveiling legislation to crack down on illegal pill mills with longer prison sentences and steeper fines.
Republican Vern Buchanan of Sarasota said Friday the bill would help put illicit pain clinics out of business. Authorities say Florida is the nation's leading illegal supplier of addictive pain bills such as oxycodone.
Buchanan's bill would increase maximum prison sentences for pill mill operators from 10 years to 20 years. The measure would triple the potential fine from $1 million to $3 million and make oxycodone harder to get.
Seized assets would go toward drug treatment programs and state drug tracking databases. Gov. Rick Scott opposes a Florida plan to create a drug tracking database.
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