Why Florida Reigns As the Nation’s Pill-Mill Capital

For the past year, federal agents say, David Kidd and Christopher Grigg traveled almost weekly from their homes in Ohio to Florida, where they and people working for them doctor-shopped throughout the state, buying thousands of prescription pills during each visit, says the Orlando Sentinel in the first of a three-part series. The group is suspected of taking 50,000 powerful prescription pills, which have a street value of more than $1.5.million, to Ohio and West Virginia.

Their business venture ended in March, when sheriff’s deputy pulled Kidd, 42, and Grigg, 24, over as they headed to the Orlando airport. Deputies found 7,000 pills and about $14,000 in cash in their rental car, and they were charged with several federal crimes. The case is emblematic of Florida’s prescription-drug epidemic. With its lax laws and proliferation of pain clinics, the state is hospitable to drug addicts and dealers looking to buy up lots of pills and turn them around for profit on the streets of Florida and other states throughout the South, East and parts of the Midwest. In fact, 90 of the top 100 oxycodone-purchasing physicians in the nation last year were from Florida, according to federal records.

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