Fla. sheriff announces permanent Rx drug take-back program
Florida has been a main battleground for the prescription drug epidemic, but the state’s recently implemented prescription drug monitoring program (known as E-FORCSE) aims to change that. The database, which only recently went live, will track all controlled substance prescriptions that are filled in Florida, and will assist law enforcement in curbing the proliferation of “doctor-shopping,” in which a patient sees several different physicians to obtain multiple prescriptions of a certain drug.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, attended the Pasco County press conference yesterday. ”This is sort of Pasco’s ‘permanent take-back program,’” says Greg Giordano, Fasano’s chief legislative aide. “Sheriff Chris Nocco has made fighting prescription drug a top priority since he was appointed sheriff this past spring. He has also released a new public service announcement in which he explains the dangers of pharm parties. The senator is pleased that the sheriff is taking such a hands-on approach to battling this problem.”
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