According to that bastion of Georgia news, the Wall Street Journal, Florida’s crackdown on pain medication dispensaries, “pill mills” in the vernacular, has pushed those business up into our fair state. The business have grown in Georgia from fewer than 10 in 2010 to more than 125 now. Expect that to continue, because Florida is now tracking controlled substance sales and other measures to combat the problem.
from the WSJ:
In contrast, Georgia failed to vote this year on a proposed law requiring pain clinics to be owned by medical professionals. It has no law that empowers the state’s medical board to close shady operators and suspend the licenses of unscrupulous doctors. The Peach State also lacks a database that tracks the number of prescriptions each clinic writes, though it plans one for next spring.
Georgia has only five police detectives solely pursuing prescription-drug cases statewide. By comparison, Broward County, Fla., has eight to itself.
Georgia’s bill cleared the Senate
, but failed to pass in the House. even Sherrod Brown, senator from Ohio, is lobbying on the subject. From a letter he wrote to Governor Deal: Without uniform regulations across all states, “efforts to crack down on pill mills become like a game of Whac-A-Mole—as soon as one disappears, another one pops up.”
In related news, the scourge that is the overuse of the “whack a mole” comparison continues unabated.