Florida Pill Mill Clinics

Florida has long been the nation’s center of the illegal sale of prescription drugs: Doctors here bought 89 percent of all the Oxycodone sold in the country last year. At its peak, so many out-of-staters flocked to Florida to buy drugs at more than 1,000 pain clinics that the state earned the nickname “Oxy Express.” But with the help of tougher laws, officials have moved aggressively this year to shut down so-called pill mills and disrupt the pipeline that moves the drugs north. In the past year, more than 400 clinics were either shut down or closed their doors.

NYT story here.

Photo credit: Tim Chapman/Miami Herald, via AP

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  1. Vicki says:

    Great photo.

  2. Ken says:

    Terrific story. Though it’s sad to see so many pill junkies are around.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    Many doctors are afraid to prescribe Schedule II drugs when they have a legitimate reason. I do not understand how these bogus pill mills stay in business.

  4. Nancy says:

    I agree with Vicki. Great photo.

  5. Sadaym says:

    Read the insert that came with your pills. Missing one pierod is not something to be concerned about, but it does say to let your doctor know about it. If you miss a second pierod, take a pregnancy test and see your doctor.