Crist on pill mill lawsuit listen09/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
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In April the state legislature passed a law to combat the rampant spread of pain clinics â€“ also known as pill mills â€“ in Florida. One Florida pain clinic operator and a patient are suing to have that law struck down.
By the time local and state governments began to crack down, the Sunshine State was already known as a hub for people seeking cheap and easy-to-get pain meds. Now, a new state law that beefs up regulation of pill mills is facing a court challenge. The law requires inspections of the clinics, stricter screening of doctors, and a three-day limit on pill supply, among other things. Governor Charlie Crist, who signed the bill into law in April, says heâ€™s confident the plaintiffs have no case.
The plaintiffs claim that the three-day supply limit for the uninsured is discriminatory and a provision that forbids them from advertising drugs by name violates the First Amendment. Crist said the law in no way violates free speech.
An estimated seven people die from prescription drug overdoses every day in Florida. The pill mill bill, which goes into effect October 1 unless a judge blocks it, was passed unanimously by the Senate in April.