Gov. scott signs bill to combat opioid addiction – news – gainesville sun – gainesville, fl database for dummies

BRADENTON — looking to close the door on what has been a gateway to addiction for many floridians, gov. Rick scott visited the manatee county sheriff’s office monday to tout legislation restricting access to pain pills.

“opioid abuse has taken the lives of too many floridians and we are fully committed to finding additional ways to fight this crisis,” scott said during a ceremonial bill signing with elected officials and law enforcement officers.

Lamakers hope that curbing the supply of pain pills will help address an epidemic of opioid abuse that is claiming thousands of lives in florida annually from drug overdoses.

Many addicts start with prescription pain medication and move on to deadly street drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.Check PDMP the longer patients take prescription pain pills, the more likely they are to become addicted.


Florida is following a number of other states and private health care companies in setting limits on pain pill prescriptions. CVS recently became the first national retailer to limit opioid prescriptions for certain conditions to a seven-day supply.

The opioid measure also seeks to enhance the use of florida’s prescription monitoring database, or PDMP, in an effort to identify patients who are doctor shopping.

There has been no requirement that florida doctors check the PDMP and many aren’t even registered to use it. That will change under the new legislation, which makes it mandatory for “a prescriber or dispenser” to check the PDMP and review a patient’s prescription history before issuing a prescription for a controlled substance.Many floridians

Lawmakers also set aside an additional $53.6 million this year for addiction treatment services, upgrades to the PDMP and other programs aimed at combating opioid abuse. Some elected officials have argued that the additional funding is not enough, though.

"I think if you have a family member that’s dealing with drug addiction there’s never going to be enough money," scott said when asked whether the funding is sufficient to address the problem.

The bill also has faced criticism from some doctors, who worry that a seven-day supply of pain pills might not be adequate for certain patients, especially those who have undergone major surgeries.Pain pills

Florida house speaker richard corcoran joined scott at the ceremony. He acknowledged that the prescription limits might be an "inconvenience" for some but he said the tradeoff is worth it to save lives.

In expanding the use of the PDMP database, the legislation also allows the data to be shared with other states. Data security has been an issue nationwide and recently made headlines in florida after the florida virtual school notified thousands of families that their personal information may have been stolen.

"We’ve taken all the steps necessary to protect the database, make sure it’s secure," corcoran said. "And at the same time we recognize the overwhelming impact it’s going to have in fighting this opioid epidemic."

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Scott announced his intention to push for the opioid bill during a ceremony in bradenton last year that was attended by corcoran and state rep. Jim boyd, the bradenton republican who sponsored the legislation.

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