Tag: opioid crisis
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Jim RosicaSeptember 24, 2018
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4min16
Doctors and physician assistants could start facing fines and license revocations for not checking a state prescription drug database before they write a script. The state’s Board of Medicine last week also announced a related rule “to change penalties for prescribing medicinal drugs or controlled substances (that) demonstrates a lack of reasonable skill or safety to […]

Jacob OglesAugust 24, 2018
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13min9
Three states already have started to explore how medical marijuana can help opioid users break their addictions. Could Florida be next? “Studies show there’s been a significant reduction in opioid use in states that have medical cannabis programs,” says Todd Beckwith, marketing director for AltMed, which opened its first Florida dispensary in June. Continued research […]

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3min15
Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay had some harsh criticism for Scott and his administration’s health-care policies this week, but not of all them were founded. In a media call Tuesday that also included Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Democratic state Sen. Audrey Gibson, McKinlay said the Scott administration denied people access to health care […]

Michael MolineMay 15, 2018
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9min16
Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a racketeering lawsuit Tuesday, blaming five major pharmaceutical companies for instigating the opioid drug crisis and alleging “a campaign of misrepresentations and omissions” about the powerful painkillers to doctors and consumers. Bondi’s office filed the 54-page complaint in Pasco County, which it identified as among the state’s hardest hit areas, […]

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Saying it is critical to “stop the addiction in the beginning,” Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a high-profile bill designed to prevent patients from getting hooked on powerful opioids. Flanked by House leaders and law-enforcement officers at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Scott approved the measure as the state continues grappling with drug overdoses […]

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Lawmakers continued to negotiate the terms of opioid legislation Wednesday, with the Senate standing firm in its position that insurance companies should not put obstacles in the way of medication-assisted therapy. The Senate passed a House opioids bill (HB 21) but tagged on an amendment that includes appropriating $54.5 million for such things as outpatient and […]


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