Major pain clinic legislation filed to combat Florida pill mills

Florida’s top officials this week unveiled sweeping legislation to combat the growing ranks of pain clinics doling out narcotic pills, especially in South Florida, saying last year’s crackdown wasn’t tough enough.

The bill, which has the backing of Gov. Charlie Crist and legislative leaders in both parties, would ban felons from owning pain clinics and give the state new powers to halt clinics that dispense hundreds of pills at a time to drug abusers and dealers.

“It’s clear that many of these clinics are operating outside the law,” Bruce D. Grant, director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control, said Wednesday. “But the law doesn’t have enough teeth.”

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