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Pill Mill Docs Supply Drugs With Minimal Consequences; Novus Detox Center Deals With the Aftermath
Date:3/11/2013

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Prescription drugs kill an average of eight people per day in Florida, dubbed home of the "pill mill" trade (1). While street-level drug dealers see long-term prison time for their wrongdoings, pill-mill medical doctors are experiencing lesser punishments. Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage prescription drug abuse patients, believes it is important that professionals who irresponsibly dose out prescriptions drugs should have the same penalties as street-level dope dealers. Novus, which mainly services professionals who have become addicted to pain meds prescribed by their medical doctors, says the pain that addicts experience, and the severity of the withdrawal process, should deter doctors from prescribing potent opiates.

Pill mills—otherwise known as "healthcare facilities" that illegally prescribe and dispense controlled substances—are the leading nurturer of the prescription drug epidemic, attracting drug dealers and addicts alike. Pill mill medical doctors are contributing to widespread drug abuse and undermining the efforts of detoxification centers such as Novus.

Florida law enforcement began targeting pill mills to crack down on the growth of prescription drug abuse, but pill mill doctors often manage to avoid harsh sentences when caught. In June, 2010, a street drug dealer was arrested for selling prescription drugs and received a two-year prison sentence. That same day, two Central Florida doctors were arrested for operating a pill mill, yet they only received probation—a far smaller penalty for committing the same crime (2). The disparity between these cases highlights the problems with Florida's prescription drug laws.

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