AG Commissioner Simpson Says Kratom Should be Regulated and 'Not Sold to Children'

AG Commissioner Simpson Says Kratom Should be Regulated and 'Not Sold to Children'

Jackson Bakich
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February 21, 2024
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson (R-FL) provided his thoughts concerning kratom, the herbal substance growing in popularity around the country. The substance is used over the counter to combat withdrawal symptoms. The drug is said to produce “opioid and stimulant-like effects” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, however. It is more often […]
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DeSantis Announces Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Program

DeSantis Announces Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Program

Grayson Bakich
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August 3, 2022
Recession and inflation ravage the economy and foreign adversaries press their attacks on the United States. Yet there remains one particularly vicious issue destroying families and communities. Opioid addiction is a remorseless killer that had caused over 70% of deaths in 2019 alone according to the CDC. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announces a new […]
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Moody continues waging Florida's war on drugs

Moody continues waging Florida's war on drugs

Javier Manjarres
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August 10, 2019
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is following in the footsteps of her predecessor Pam Bondi, continuing the state’s efforts of locking up criminals, especially drug dealers that fuel the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
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FL lawmakers seek warning stickers for opioids

FL lawmakers seek warning stickers for opioids

News Service of Florida
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January 16, 2019
Florida lawmakers continue to respond to the state’s opioid epidemic, with Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, filing a bill Tuesday that, among other things, would require pharmacists to place red warning stickers on prescription drug bottles containing opioids or other controlled substances. The warning stickers would be required to flag the addictive nature of opioids and […]
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Senators Nelson and Rubio target

Senators Nelson and Rubio target "sober home" abuse

Javier Manjarres
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May 11, 2018
In some cases, the homes have kept addicts addicted to drugs simply to force them to repeat the detox process so that they have to walk through the “sober” door again.
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Miami sues drug makers over opioid epidemic

Miami sues drug makers over opioid epidemic

Javier Manjarres
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April 18, 2018
Attorneys are requesting an unspecified amount of damages and are seeking “disgorgement” of “unjust enrichment benefits and ill gotten gains plus interest.
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Graham calls out Trump and Scott on Opioid epidemic

Graham calls out Trump and Scott on Opioid epidemic

Javier Manjarres
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March 23, 2018
Graham contends that the source of the problem lies with the drug companies, and that neither Trump nor Scott have done anything to address that.
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Lawmakers agree on plan to battle opioids

Lawmakers agree on plan to battle opioids

Javier Manjarres
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March 12, 2018
The bill also would require physicians to take a two-hour, board-approved continuing education course on prescribing controlled substances.
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Rubio urges federal gov't to crack down on drug rehabilitation abuse

Rubio urges federal gov't to crack down on drug rehabilitation abuse

Javier Manjarres
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February 7, 2018
While Aronberg has created a task force to deal with the problem on the local level, the "sober homes" problem has yet to draw federal scrutiny, but that may be changing very soon.
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Sessions to discuss opioid epidemic in Tampa

Sessions to discuss opioid epidemic in Tampa

Javier Manjarres
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February 5, 2018
The visit comes as Florida lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott also consider steps to try to reduce opioid addiction and overdoses
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Doctors wary of painkiller prescription limits

Doctors wary of painkiller prescription limits

Javier Manjarres
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January 23, 2018
“I think you’re really hurting the patients,” the surgeon said. “Whatever number you put on it, there’s going to be unintended consequences for the patient that I don’t think are good.”
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Bondi weighs legal fight over opioids

Bondi weighs legal fight over opioids

Javier Manjarres
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January 19, 2018
Meanwhile, House Speaker Richard Corcoran told The News Service of Florida last week that although he hasn’t researched the details, he would lean toward litigation.
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'Drug Czar' Dave Aronberg rules out congressional run against Rep. Mast

'Drug Czar' Dave Aronberg rules out congressional run against Rep. Mast

Javier Manjarres
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January 11, 2018
Aronberg points to several reasons for the drop in deaths, citing that his Sober Home Task Force and the fact that “more sober homes and drug treatment centers” coupled together have made the difference.
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