Legend has it that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. For eight years, Florida lawmakers played the same tune while a plague of unscrupulous pain-management clinics proliferated and dispensed powerful painkillers as if they were Pez.
Only after Florida became an interstate pipeline for prescription drug trafficking, and prescription drug deaths outpaced fatal overdoses from illicit drugs, did legislators finally act. After similar bills fizzled for seven years, lawmakers last year approved a statewide database to track prescription purchases and rein in “doctor shopping” — the practice of approaching multiple doctors for pills.
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