Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program goes into effect on Thursday. Pharmacies will have to gather detailed information about who is prescribing certain medications and who is receiving them. The information will be tracked in a statewide drug database.
The program is designed to put an end to pill mills in Florida. These are pain management clinics that offer easy access to narcotics. Statistics show seven people die each day in Florida from prescription drug abuse.
WLRN Miami Herald reporter Gina Jordan reports from the Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau.