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Florida Board of Medicine Appears Oblivious to Pill Mill Crisis

Florida Board of Medicine: you have a pill mill crisis in your state! Why are you contributing to it?

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(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - There is an organization of ordinary citizens operating out of Florida called StoppNow. Here is a link to their website stoppnow.com.

These ordinary citizens recognize that pill mills operating out of storefront buildings are warehouses of prescription opioids who are dispensing pills to hopelessly addicted people lined up outside the storefront pill mills.

StoppNow organizes picket lines in front of the pill mills calling attention to law enforcement and the D.E.A. that people are dying and families torn apart because of these pill mills. Ordinary citizens saving lives -- heroes in every sense of the word.

StoppNow was quoted as saying after the closing of a pill mill because of their efforts "this clinic is closed. What about the doctors? Because you can't have a pill mill without a physician. They are the root problem. Florida has failed its citizens."

Currently StoppNow has to deal with the Florida Board of Medicine (BOM) failing its citizens and contributing to more deaths and addictions.

This past week the BOM announced they have been receiving calls from physicians concerned that pharmacists are not filling prescriptions for opioids if the physician is not listed as a "controlled substance prescriber" on the Department of Health's website.

So in their obvious ignorance as to the prescription opioid epidemic in Florida, the BOM in defiance to protecting the citizens of their state has announced that physicians that are not treating patients for chronic nonmalignant pain are not required to register and may continue prescribing controlled substances for other diagnoses.

The lack of a designation on the physician profile concerning controlled substances does not necessarily mean that the physician cannot prescribe controlled substances according to the BOM.

Really? Have you seen the statistics in Florida of the deaths and addictions to controlled substances? Are you aware BOM that you are losing the battle in the prescription opioid epidemic in Florida?

Fortunately you have heroes in an organization called StoppNow who will be exposing your incompetence and lack of respect for lives in Florida.

Hopefully more residents of Florida will join the efforts of StoppNow and save the lives of citizens in Florida because the Florida Board of Medicine is no more than a Board of "pill pushers."

Here are members serving on the Florida Board of Medicine who are contributing to the increased rates of prescription opioid addiction and deaths because of their encouraging pill mills in Florida:

Below is the directive from the Florida Board of Medicine which should enrage everyone in Florida fighting the prescription opioid epidemic trying to save lives:


Controlled Substance Prescriber Not Required On Profile
The Department has received numerous calls in recent weeks from physicians expressing concerns that some pharmacists are not filling controlled substance prescriptions if the physician is not listed as a controlled substance prescriber on the practitioner profile on the Department of Health's website.
While there may be many reasons a pharmacist may decide in his or her professional judgment not to fill a prescription, the Department wants to ensure that any confusion concerning the physician registration requirements is addressed.
The lack of a designation on the physician profile concerning controlled substances does not necessarily mean that the physician cannot prescribe controlled substances. Section 456.44, Florida Statutes, requires a physician licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 461 or chapter 466 who prescribes controlled substances listed in Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain, to designate himself or herself as a controlled substance prescribing practitioner on the physician's practitioner profile.
This requirement is applicable only to those physicians that are treating patients for chronic nonmalignant pain. Therefore, physicians that are not treating patients for chronic nonmalignant pain are not required to register and may continue prescribing controlled substances for other diagnoses.

LP - See what happens when injectorpods are put in a closet and the door nailed shut? Life is good and will continue to be good. Remember who brings them to heaven -- and who brings them to hell. Love you!

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Bob Coates September 15, 2015 9:00 am (Pacific time)

Has the Florida Pain Management Initiative Worked? see the story at www.bobcoates.com. Reach Bob at bob@bobcoates.com

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