Law enforcement reacts to Florida governor's decision

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Florida Governor Rick Scott had a change of heart concerning a prescription monitoring system in the Sunshine State.

That measure will now be put in place, after a plea by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers.

Law enforcement officials believe that system will put them one step closer to cutting down on the pill pipeline.

In Laurel County, prescription pills come up the I-75 pipeline.

"In the last week, we've had two overdoses here in this county," said Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

"We presently are losing three Kentuckians a day to prescription pill overdoses. The majority of that medication is coming out of Florida," said Dan Smoot, with Operation UNITE.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has decided to implement a prescription monitoring program.

He was against it at first, but he has now come on board.

The system will make it easier for doctors to track pills that come up the pipeline.

"They'll be able to tell if their patients are going to Florida and getting pills from these illegal pill mills," said Smoot.

It will also give law enforcement agencies another tool to fight the war on drugs.

"I'm very happy with the decision that was made, and I think it will be a great asset for us," said Root.

Once Florida gets the system in place, the real work can begin.

"The hope is we can link up and find out where these illegal pill mills are operating and hopefully put a stop to it," said Smoot.

Prescription monitoring systems are becoming a key tool in fighting the war on drugs. Beshear said 34 states now have those systems in place.

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