Published: Jul 01, 2011 11:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2011 10:47 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement on the State of Florida’s implementation of the pill mill law and Florida Department of Health’s declaration of public health emergency for prescription drug abuse:

“Today’s declaration that Florida’s prescription drug abuse crisis is a public health emergency is an aggressive launch of the strong criminal and administrative penalties that are now in effect and will crack down on pill mills in Florida. The legislation that we worked so diligently on with our partners in the law enforcement community, the House of Representatives, the Senate and with the Governor includes a dispensing ban for most physicians. This ban along with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will strengthen the oversight of the prescribing of highly addictive drugs and save lives.

“Not only does this declaration require practitioners to dispose of specific controlled substances, but also it will raise awareness about this deadly epidemic. In addition to the seven deaths per day to prescription drug overdoses, there are some victims who have no choice in the matter. After visiting St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and seeing babies suffering through drug withdrawal syndrome, I implore pregnant mothers not to abuse prescription drugs and spare their unborn children from the devastating effects of prenatal prescription drug abuse.”