|Published:||Mar 28, 2011 8:13 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 28, 2011 5:13 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are turning Florida's law enforcement agencies loose on unscrupulous doctors and pharmacies that are illegally distributing prescription drugs in unmatched amounts to addicts and drug dealers.
Scott is using $800,000 in residual federal law enforcement money to create a strike force to crack down on the so-called "pill mills" that have given the state a deserved, but unwanted reputation as the haven for anyone looking for these drugs - namely oxycodone.
Scott pointed to a statistic on Monday that 98 of the 100 leading dispensers of these drugs nationally are doctors who reside in Florida. He's also bringing in several other state agencies to assist the Department of Law Enforcement with the investigation into the trafficking of prescription drugs.
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