Florida must not back away from implementing a monitoring system to help cut the flow of pills from its pain clinics that are feeding addiction and death in Kentucky and other states, House Appropriations Committee chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) told Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Rogers said Florida has become a key source of illegally diverted pills for Appalachia and the entire East Coast. “Governor, your state, more than any other, must take this crisis seriously,” Rogers told Scott.
State monitoring programs, such as the one Florida has approved but not implemented, help combat diversion of pills at a time when abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, Rogers said. He said he was “alarmed and dismayed” at reports indicating Scott wants to repeal Florida’s monitoring program. Rogers represents the 5th District in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, where abuse of prescription drugs has been described as an epidemic.