Gov. Rick Scott has opposed creating a database intended to help the state crackdown on pill mills, citing privacy and cost concerns. State Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said Wednesday that while Scott has some “legitimate concerns,” other states already have similar measures in place and that Florida needs to stop being “part of the problem” of prescription drug addiction.
The state has to come up with a way to create the database, he said, which could mean finding private funding sources.
“The governor has every right to have his opinion and I respect that,” he said. “My opinion is strong. We will get this funded because it’s a major problem. It is destroying people’s lives. I think we need to take a vigilant stand and lead and make sure that Florida is no longer the pill mill capital of America.”
See his full remarks:
Haridopolos on pill mill database from Travis Pillow on Vimeo.