Today was the beginning of the last chapter in Florida's strange status as America's pill mill capital. Strike forces fanned out across the state visiting clinics specializing in freely prescribing addictive prescription pills to round up their leftover stash. New laws passed in the past two years give the state more power to crack down on such operations.
This week, state agents and health officials are to start visiting the 700 to 800 Florida pain clinics to confiscate the leftovers. Florida Surgeon General H. Frank Farmer authorized the campaign Friday by declaring a "state of emergency" in prescription drug abuse. First to be visited by state authorities: clinics and doctors that ordered at least 2,000 pain pills a month so far this year or that have a history of bad behavior.
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