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pill mill

A pain management clinic that inappropriately, irresponsibly, or illegally dispenses pain medications, especially to those without a prescription or in very large quantities. Three suspected pill mills were shut down by federal authorities today after investigators discovered a paper trail of fraudulent prescriptions written by doctors from overseas.
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It started with prescription drugs, overprescribing of prescription drugs, pain pills, the pill mills that we saw in Southern Ohio and around our state.
By including in-state defendants like doctors and medical practices accused of operating as pill mills, the plaintiffs who filed in state court create a situation wherethe defendants lack complete diversity, which would otherwise allow the out-of-state defendants to remove the case to federal court.
Heroin traffickers in Ohio would show up at these pill mills and follow people home and say, "When you finish this, here's something else that's cheaper and we'll give you the first hit for free.
Claws explores the sleaze and tragedy of pill mills, although with a lighter touch than law enforcement agencies might like.
It became hard for drug-seeking patients to fill multiple prescriptions, pill mills were shut down, doctors were encouraged to prescribe minimum dosages of narcotic pain relievers, and the price of the unit dose shot up on the street.
Researchers defined pill mills as health care providers who prescribed controlled substances outside of standard medical practice, mostly for cash, the study said.
It's not clear what exactly the state senator [Lizbeth Benaquisto] was trying to accomplish, especially considering Florida's history of having a proliferation of pill mills and then closing down pill mills and putting them out of business," Devon Herrick, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, told Florida Business Daily.
Pill mills are typically cash-only facilities that exclusively treat pain using opioid analgesics.
According to Florida's attorney general, Florida is a leading state in the proliferation of pill mills, resulting in seven Floridians dying every day and countless others throughout the nation from the abuse of controlled substances.
According to Botticelli, the administration addressed this issue by creating the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, which called on individuals and organizations to do four things: educate prescribers and patients about proper opioid prescribing, establish prescription drug monitoring programs in every state, make sure individuals properly dispose of prescription drugs and reduce the number of pill mills operating nationwide through law enforcement efforts.
States began cracking down on doctors and pill mills.
Additionally, pill mills, or for-profit pain clinics, are another part of the problem, and one of the targets in Florida's decision to tighten prescription regulations.
And those statistics lag behind heroin's resurgence over the last few years, as crackdowns on pill mills have made painkillers harder to get and new formulations have made them harder to abuse.
I ended up hiring one of the Democrats to run my pill mills initiative," she said, talking about her successful efforts to stop prescription drug abuse in Florida.