Fla. launches prescription drug task force

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is finally stepping up to the plate on at least one front, announcing a new statewide task force to combat abuse of prescription drugs, mainly OxyContin, to be funded by $800,000 in unused federal law enforcement grant money, according to this article in the Tampa Tribune. Scott recently drew criticism for roadblocking funding for Florida’s long-delayed prescription monitoring program.

Read the press release from the governor’s office here.

To read more about Florida’s trouble implementing the monitoring program, go here. For background on the state’s battle with prescription drug abuse in the form of a timeline, go here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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