LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The White House drug czar says Florida is the source for deadly prescription pill abuses ravaging Kentucky and urged its governor to rethink repealing a prescription-monitoring program.
But Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he won't budge from his recommendation to repeal the tracking system.
White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske (ker-lih-KOW'-skee) said Tuesday in Louisville that Florida "pill mills" attract drug dealers and addicts from states such as Kentucky. He says the mills are directly responsible for drug-related deaths in the state.
A spokesman for the Florida governor previously said Scott is not only concerned about the $500,000 price tag to run the program but also of having the government track citizens' personal use of prescription drugs.