COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - County leaders are trying to prevent pill mills from setting up shop in Collier through a new ordinance.
Deputies tell Wink, the plan could help keep kids away from prescription drugs.
"We're seeing a significant increase in our state with the number of prescriptions and overdoses," said Chief Scott Salley with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Salley says Miami and Tampa are the number one and number two areas in the country for pill mills. Collier is located right between them, putting local residents and kids at risk.
"We have a market," said Chief Salley. "We have a lot of young people with money."
Deputies say Florida has very relaxed legislation about pain clinics. Now, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk is asking commissioners to monitor them more closely.
"There are some very good, reputable clinics," said Chief Salley.
But, Sheriff Rambosk says in others, doctors may not even see a patient before prescribing highly addictive medication.
Drug Free Collier has identified ten suspected pill mills in the county. They are hosting an awareness event on Wednesday.