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Drug Czar Seeks Meeting with Scott

March 3rd, 2011 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

The US Drug Czar wants Governor Rick Scott to reconsider his opposition to a prescription drug database. Scott wants to cut funding for the system thats meant to stop drug dealers from going from doctor to doctor to load up on pain killers. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske says talks about a face to face meeting with Governor Rick Scotts staff are ongoing.

I know that theres money available and Ive reached out to the governor. I havent heard back from him yet, but I understand with all thats going on in the state. I have met with the Attorney General and wed like to be helpful in making sure people realize that its about both patient privacy and also patient safety, said Kerlikowske.

Law enforcement officials in surrounding states say Floridas lack of regulation on pill mills in South Florida is causing overdoses among their residents.

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