Palm Beach County steps up efforts to keep out new pain clinics

Palm Beach County commissioners in December initiated a moratorium on new pain clinics, trying to stem the spread of loosely regulated establishments blamed for fueling the spread of illegally obtained prescription drugs.
On Thursday, commissioners passed another in a series of votes needed to formalize the one-year ban —intended to give the county time to set new rules requiring more medical oversight at pain clinics mushrooming across South Florida.
Also on Thursday, County Commissioner Karen Marcus was meeting with representatives from the State Attorney’s Office, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and medical experts to push for legislation to toughen the rules for pain clinics statewide.

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