In Florida, where prescription drug addiction is rife, authorities are trying to crack down on unscrupulous doctors who inappropriately prescribe painkillers after implementing legislation targeting “pill mills” last year. But according to some critics, these efforts come too little, too late. This article in the Orlando Sentinel discusses how one such doctor, Riyaz Jummani, may ultimately face only six months at the Orange County Work Release Center if a judge approves a sweetheart plea deal the Office of Statewide Prosecution will recommend.
Meanwhile, dozens of pill mill suspects have been arrested in the state, including the George brothers, who were recently sentenced to 15 and 17 years in jail for running the largest illegal pain clinic network in the country, raking in $40 million in two years.
In Florida, the death rate from oxycodone increased 265% from 2003 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more about Florida’s struggles with prescription drug addiction here.