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FL: Lawmaker Proposes Anti-Pill Mill Legislation

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Time reports that due to the proliferation of pill mills (pain management clinics dispensing oxycodone) in Florida, particularly in Broward County, and the increase in suspected drug overdose deaths associated with such pill mills, State Senator Dave Aronberg is sponsoring legislation...

FL: State Legislature Approves Restrictions on Pill Mills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to tighten restrictions on pain clinics and limit the amount of drugs that can be dispensed by pain management doctors. The bill has been sent to the Governor. Source: Palm Beach Post

FL: Critics Say Bill to Crack Down on Pill Mills Contains Glaring Loophole

TALLAHASSEE, FL - As reported in The Palm Beach Post News , critics of the legislation to restrict the dispensing of narcotics at pain management clinics say there is a glaring loophole in the bill. Specifically, the bill bans pain clinic doctors from handing out more than 72 hours’ worth of oxycodone...

FL: AG To Fight Growing Pill Mill Problems

Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - Attorney General Pam Bondi today unveiled her comprehensive strategy to address pill mills in Florida, including a series of legislative recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. Because of pill mills, Florida leads the nation in diverted prescription drugs...

FL: Senator Tells Gov. "No More Excuses" On Refusing Pill Mill Crackdown

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement after Florida Governor Rick Scott refused funds that would allow him to reinstate Florida's prescription drug monitoring program and help keep the flow of highly-addictive and illegal prescription drugs...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/7/2011) – Pill Mill Doctor Prescribed Unneeded Narcotics and Improperly Billed Workers’ Compensation

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: Pharmaceutical Companies Physicians...

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: Pharmaceutical Companies Physicians ...

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses strategies for addressing prescription drug...

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses strategies for addressing prescription drug abuse...

How Washington State Is Beating the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Washington State Combines Preferred Drug List and Volume Buying By John Stahl, Esq. Like the weather, increasingly high costs of the deluge of prescription drugs prompt complaints by everyone who provides workers’ compensation coverage and benefits. A November 16, 2011 session at the...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/12/2012) – Former Texas Pain Management Physician and Psychiatrist Sentenced To Federal Prison

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/12/2012) – Former Texas Pain Management Physician and Psychiatrist Sentenced To Federal Prison

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Alternative Approaches to Treating Chronic Back Pain

Drugs aren’t the only solution This is a hard pill to swallow for “pill mill” doctors and pharmaceutical companies that provide their supply, but alternative workers’ compensation approaches to managing chronic pain are increasingly popular. A November 17, 2011 session at the...

Alternative Approaches to Treating Chronic Back Pain

Drugs aren’t the only solution This is a hard pill to swallow for “pill mill” doctors and pharmaceutical companies that provide their supply, but alternative workers’ compensation approaches to managing chronic pain are increasingly popular. A November 17, 2011 session at the...

Workers’ Compensation Issues Prominent in National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) - Several national workers' compensation experts will lead 1.5 hour sessions during the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla. • Joseph Paduda, principal of Health Strategy Associates and president...

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain conditions is becoming...

Impact of Florida Law Targeting Physician-Dispensed Opioids: Results Show More Reform Required

By John Stahl, Esq. The latest report on Florida from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is a trifecta in the sense that it addresses topics that arguably are the current “top three” workers’ compensation drug-related issues: · Overuse of opioids...

Medical Costs Impact Workers’ Compensation Premiums Less Than Widely Believed

It’s the Labor Market, Stupid A significant flaw regarding how many experts have analyzed factors that determined the economic costs of workers’ compensation insurance coverage was that these professionals limited their scope to the long list of usual suspects, which included pill mills...

Pain in the Heartland

Far too often we hear about pill mill doctors who are shut down or even arrested. Rachel Aviv’s article “ Prescription for Disaster ” ( The New Yorker , May 5, 2014) (subscription only) provides insight into the disturbing details of what led one such doctor, an osteopath named Stephen...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: An Effective Front in the Prescription Drug Abuse War?

Over the past two decades, prescription drug abuse has been on the rise. The public health dangers associated with this disturbing trend are self-evident. In an ongoing effort to curb this abuse, most states have over the years adopted some form of electronic prescription drug monitoring programs, or...

WCRI Study Strikes Serious Blow to Physician-Dispensed Strong Opioids

A significant proportion of physician-dispensed strong opioids may not have been necessary at all Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation. ...