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Rick Scott's surgeon general declares pill-mill health emergency

Gov. Rick Scott's surgeon general, Frank Farmer, has declared a public-health emergency regarding pill mills. developing. The headline-grabbing decision comes just before Scott is scheduled to host a ceremonial bill signing of a pack of healthcare bills.

But the subject of this declaration, HB7095, isn't one of them. The new law seeks to crack down on physicians who prescribe inordinate amounts of pills such as oxycodone and Xanax. Some physicians are banned from dispensing them and so, under the order, "practitioners who are no longer authorized to dispense controlled substances in listed in Schedule II and Schedule III of Section 893.03, Florida Statutes, to dispose of any inventory and cooperate fully with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and local law enforcement personnel," according to a press release.

The bill called for the surgeon general to declare a health emergency on the effective date of the bill, today. Order is here Download 07.01.2011-EmergencyDeclaration

Press release is here: Download RXpressRelease