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Pill mill regulations will remain in place

A report on the crackdown of pill mills in Florida.
A report on the crackdown of pill mills in Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With supporters pointing to progress in the state's efforts to shut down "pill mills," Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a bill (SB 450) that will keep in place regulations on pain-management clinics.

Lawmakers in 2011 approved a wide-ranging law to try to crack down on pill mills, which had helped lead to Florida becoming a magnet for prescription-drug abuse and trafficking.

But the 2011 law included a Jan. 1, 2016, expiration date on clinic regulations.

This year's bill, sponsored by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, eliminates the expiration date.