Today Florida will begin monitoring your prescriptions in an effort to deterdoctor shopping and physicians from overprescribing medication. The legislation that led to the data base has been mired in controversy. Advocates contend that it gives law enforcement the ability to monitor “pill mills” and is necessary to combat Florida’s growing prescription pill epidemic. Those in opposition, including Gov. Scott prior to changing his mind, believe that the monitoring program violates patient privacy.
Whichever side you come down on it is clear that Florida is serious about cracking down on prescription drug abuse. Law enforcement at the Federal, State, and local level has made it clear that they are targeting the unlawful possession of prescription medication and those that obtain these drugs fraudulently. Law enforcement now has the ability to expand their investigations into prescription drug fraud.