According to a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study, two new laws that were implemented in Florida to curb the state’s opioid abuse epidemic are working. The first new measure in Florida created a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, a database that tracks individual prescriptions. The other successful law addresses so-called “pill mills.” Florida’s “pill mill” measure requires clinics to register with the state and be owned by a physician. The researchers found that in the first 12 months after implementation of these laws, Florida’s opioid prescriptions fell slightly, slipping 1.4 percent.
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