April 7, 2011
Each day in Florida, seven people on average take a fatal dose of prescription drugs. Over the years, lax regulation has helped to create a landscape of storefront pain clinics operating in nondescript shopping plazas, dispensing millions of pills with little – or no – medical reason. In Broward alone, more than one million pills are dispensed every month, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
In February, Attorney General Pam Bondi introduced a series of proposals for the legislative season aimed at bolstering the state’s role in shutting down the pill mills.
But Gov. Rick Scott is vehemently opposed to the one tool – a database to track prescription sales – that law enforcement authorities say offers the best shot at curbing doctor-hopping and excessive prescriptions.
An expert panel presents sides.
MODERATOR: Michael Mayo, Sun-Sentinel
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Chief, Emergency Medicine, Broward Health
Hon. Sheriff Al Lamberti, Broward County Sheriff
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division
Paul Sloan, Founder and President, Florida Society of Pain Management Providers Inc.
SPONSOR: Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Chief, Emergency Medicine, Broward Health