TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The company that makes the widely abused painkiller Oxycontin has offered to contribute $1 million to fund a prescription drug tracking system in Florida.
Purdue Pharma LP made the announcement Wednesday to help crack down on Florida pill mills. They provide illicit prescription medications to addicts and drug dealers, many if not most from out of state.
The Florida Legislature has not funded the monitoring system, instead saying the state must seek private contributions.
Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon, meanwhile, have proposed repealing the system before it even gets started.
But Senate President Mike Haridopolos supports the program and says he doesn't expect his chamber to pass the repeal.
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