Florida pain pill mills are being forced to migrate north

Because of Florida state legislation pain pill mills, and other unscrupulous doctors, continue to scramble to Georgia where the laws are more easily navigable for any party looking to set up a pain management clinic, whether they're medically qualified or not. The state of Georgia recently failed to vote on a measure that would limit those legally to qualified to own and operate a pain management clinic to credentialed and qualified medical professionals. In a state where there are now close to 130 pain management clinics, compared with less than 10 in 2010, it is clear that federal intervention and reform is sorely needed.

Georgia's proximity to Florida, a once booming hub for pill mills and illegal prescription distribution, has rendered it the logical choice as the new frontier of pain pill mills. Although illegal prescription use within the state has ballooned to crisis proportions, there are less than 10 law enforcement officials exclusively dedicated to curbing the problem. Sales of oxycodone in Georgia have tripled in the past decade. Georgia's lack of preparation for its prescription drug problem is symptomatic of a larger problem facing America, where only eight states require a medical license to operate a pain management clinic and only ten states work cooperatively to track prescription drug use.

A recent Wall Street Journal article gave a startling account of just how easy it is to open a pain pill mill in most states, and reinforces the reality that without federal involvement, any state is vulnerable to this threat. Proprietors of pill mills count on lax regulations, which is why it's important to implement uniformity across all state laws. Prescription drug addiction currently kills more United States residents than cocaine and heroin combined (almost 17,000 per year). Florida started cracking down on pill mills as early as 2010, and as a result, the number of pain pill mills has decreased by almost 50%.

Without effective federal intervention and a nationwide system of regulations for monitoring prescriptions, we can very well see pill mills jump from state to state in search of more relaxed regulations. Although these facilities may engage in disreputable practices, the blurred lines of state legislation have made it increasingly difficult to prosecute. Clinic owners continue to gravitate to Georgia solely because it's easier, and not expressly illegal, to set up shop without a medical license. Prescription drug addiction is the single biggest modern addiction threat facing the United States. Unfortunately, without sweeping federal reform, it's only likely to get worse.

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