New Florida Law to Prevent Doctor Shopping and Curtail Drug Abuse

September 25th, 2020 by admin Leave a reply »

A new Florida law requiring doctors to register patients in a statewide database is showing signs of working. The law, which took effect in September of 2011, requires doctors to register their patients’ names who are prescribed controlled substances. The database is then made available to pharmacies statewide so those who attempt to abuse the prescription drugs can be identified.

Those who attempt to refill their prescriptions too frequently or who are found to be visiting multiple doctors and pharmacies, including “doctor shoppers,” will be denied refills by their pharmacists and can possibly be investigated by law enforcement. Law enforcement will have access to these records and can inquire further information at any time.

Some claim the policy Florida has adopted infringes on privacy violation, but the law is consistent with laws enforced by 36 other states. These states also face turmoil with what has become an epidemic and feel there is no choice but to adopt such a strict stance on prescription drugs.

Pharmacists in the state of Florida already feel that the new law is working. They claim that they rarely receive any phone calls inquiring about whether or not they have oxycontin and other painkillers in stock. These same pharmacies say they used to receive several phone calls per day asking about the drugs.

The database already has 15 million names on its list and will continue to be cross-checked by doctors, pharmacists, and law enforcement. Doctors are required to list their patient’s name within seven days of prescribing them a controlled substance.

Other drugs that are on the list include Oxycodone, Xanax, hydrocodone, Percocet, and other narcotics. Amphetamines such as adderall and Ritalin, drugs prescribed to children and a small number of adults with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are also closely monitored. Amphetamines, like narcotics, are another category of prescription drugs that can be highly addictive and are widely abused.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from prescription drug addiction, including painkillers and amphetamines, contact a local drug rehabilitation center or clinic for help. With proper counseling, you or your loved one can achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. Don’t let law enforcement be or a jail sentence be the reason you have to get clean. Make it a personal choice and do it on your own. Recovery is possible. When there’s help available, there’s also hope.

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