“It’s critical that we have that database,” Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “Otherwise, Florida is going to remain a problem state for pill mills. It is a huge step backward to rescind that [system]. We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.”

The Sentinel also said that R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, recently requested a meeting with Scott.

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