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.