Published: Feb 22, 2011 6:52 PM EST
Updated: Feb 22, 2011 3:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected appeals from out-of-state politicians to drop his opposition to a prescription drug tracking system.

Scott on Tuesday stuck with his recommendation for repealing the database that's designed to crack down on "pill mills" that supply deadly painkillers and other prescription medications to drug dealers and addicts, most of them from outside Florida.

Scott has been urged to change his stance in recent days by members of Congress from New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The governor said it would be an invasion of patients' privacy and that officials have wasted private funds raised for the project. It's been delayed by contract challenges.

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