“The Florida Senate has sent a strong message that the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the regulation of pill mills, is the way to put unscrupulous dispensers and prescribers of controlled substances out of business,” Fasano said in a press release. “Unlike the Florida House, which wants to undo the years of work that have brought needed regulation to the pill mill industry, the Florida Senate is serious in its efforts to combat the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.” #

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