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The prescription-monitoring program is expected to start functioning on Aug. 28, according to Greg Giordano, chief legislative assistant for Republican state Sen. Mike Fasano, who sponsored the 2009 law and the current pill-mill legislation.
Officials in Appalachian states welcomed the news that Florida was poised to enact a new pill-mill law.
"To demonstrate his commitment to fighting the pill-mill problem," Mr. Burgess added, the governor made an appearance in the House chamber as lawmakers debated the bill on Friday night.
Florida is the undisputed epicenter of America's illegal "pill-mill" trade and prescription dope dealing, law enforcement officials say.
Florida, which has more pill-mill pain clinics than any other state, started registering and licensing them on Jan. 4.
The county recommendations would give local government a means of shoring up the pill-mill problem on the local front.
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