The Sun Sentinel reports that pill overdoses occur at a rate of seven-per-day on average in the State of Florida. Pills such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and alprazolam (Xanax) are available at pain clinics.
In recent years, Florida lawmakers have enacted a tough prescription drug monitoring program would prevent oxycodone and other prescription drugs from becoming part of the drug trafficking flow.
As a part of her campaign, recently-elected Attorney General Pam Bondi declared war on prescription drug trafficking and abuse. In one of her first official duties as AG, Bondi appointed a "special counsel" to oversee a new government position that deals with "pill mills."
There are at least 1,200 pain clinics were operating statewide. These pain clinics are under tremendous scrutiny. And with elected officials like Pam Bondi leading the charge, you'd better believe that investigations will increase, and so will convictions and probably penalties.
Florida already has some of the toughest mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking convictions nationwide. With Pam Bondi declaring war on pain clinics, it is likely that the legislature will pass more laws that could increase mandatory prison time for accused traffickers.
Attorney Eric Matheny is a Miami-Dade County criminal defense attorney who represents clients in Miami-Dade and Broward. If you or a loved one are facing trafficking charges, call today to discuss your case.