Angry mothers and fathers picketed a Dania Beach pain clinic to remind Florida Governor Rick Scott not to get rid of a computer system designed to track pain pill abuse and pill mills throughout Florida.
Scott and some of his fellow Republicans want to cancel Florida’s plans to start a computer system that would log into a computer every pain drug prescription. The purpose of the database is to keep track of pill mills which have become a major supplier of illegal prescription based medications. Drug pushers and addicts frequently go from pain mill to pain clinic and shop doctors looking for multiple prescriptions of addictive narcotics.
“I’m very upset with Gov. Scott,” said one mother whose son died of an oxycodone overdose on his birthday. “I voted him in, thinking he would do the right thing. He’s turning a blind eye to what’s going on” in Florida.
Scott claims he is concerned that the pill database might cost Florida an extra half million dollars a year. Scott really is placing teaparty politics ahead of the safety and citizens of the State of Florida. Acknowledging the old maxim that a “penny saved is a penny earned,” certainly the wisdom of being “penny wise and a dollar foolish” is appropriate here. If the data base can have even a minimal effect on the availability of dangerous narcotics in Florida, than the extra dollars spent would be well worth it.
Unfortunately, Rick Scott’s decision to cancel the pill data base is just a one more example of his political naivete and misguided efforts to cater to the the tea party. In so doing, Scott has chosen to align himself with the extreme right of the Republican party and to ignore the very real concerns of most Florida citizens.
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