The state of Florida has a problem. So-called “pain clinics” have sprouted up like weeds around here. Apparently, they are little more than drug dealers with an M.D. behind their names. Anyone can go in and say, “I’m in pain” and walk out with a prescription or… better yet… a bunch of pills dispensed right there. Turns out that those same pills can be resold on the street for a handsome profit. And, from what I’ve heard, the docs do VERY well… to the tune of $50k a month! Well… we can’t have THAT, now can we? So, our fearless leaders are gonna do something about it! But, who’s going to bear the brunt of these “common sense laws?”
Our omniscient state government has decided to crack down on this. Yippee. And, like in most other cases, it’s the law-abiding citizens that get the shaft. They’re going to make it MUCH more difficult for legitimate prescriptions to be obtained.
For many years, I have not owned a traditional prescription pad. I laser-print prescriptions on blank paper. Very efficient and very legible! But, to “combat the bad guys,” the state has decided that I now have to print prescriptions on “counterfeit-proof” paper. Yippee.
I got a letter from the Florida state board informing me of this new law TODAY. The law went into effect on July 1st!!! Last week! Yippee. So, if I wanted to write a prescription for a patient TODAY… I can’t do it! I have to order this special counterfeit-proof paper (at 10 cents a sheet) from a state-approved supplier. Hmmm…. wonder who pushed this legislation through??? I wonder which lobbyists were involved??
Doctors will no longer be able to dispense controlled drugs at their offices. Furthermore, those doctors who do dispense must dispose of their inventory by July 11th. They can turn it in to local law enforcement and “abandon them,” or they can return the drugs to the wholesale distributor. Otherwise, officials will SEIZE them.
According to my letter… Beginning on July 5th, law enforcement agencies will enter the business premises of the identified dispensing practitioners and “quarantine” the inventory on site. Again…. I got my letter TODAY… July 5th. I wonder if anyone else go their letter in a “timely manner?”
No big deal for me as a dentist, so far. I don’t dispense. But, maybe a big deal for the good physicians out there. If I was a dispensing doctor, I could have officers storming my place today, essentially without warning. That’s not gonna be good for business at the legitimate doctor’s offices. 🙁
More regulation. More feel-good legislation that does more harm than good. Yippee.