Two Florida doctors are among the last of defendants who have gone through the trial process after police say that they committed drug related crimes while employed at a local 'pill-mill'. The doctors are accused of prescription drug crime relating to the use of oxycodone of their patients. In total, 32 people have been charged after a sting-style operation by police, a report indicates.
The Florida Highway Patrol has revealed that a trooper recently made a drug arrest after observing the driver of a minivan make an illegal U-turn in Palm Beach County. The drug possession charges that resulted are an all too common occurrence on our roadways, particularly among teenage drivers. The 18-year-old teen that was arrested, however, was previously the victim of a vicious crime that garnered international attention and that prior incident may have contributed to what may be a drug problem.
Many readers in Florida know that our state suffers with high numbers of people who are involved in prescription drug crime. What they may not know is that the individuals who are accused of prescription drug crime and found guilty can be subject to minimum sentencing laws. These laws require that people spend time in jail. However, for at least some of them, that could be set to change.
Readers in Florida may be interested to learn about a flurry of arrests that were made recently by local authorities in Palm Beach County. As a part of a prescription drug crime sting, police say that they took four men from Boynton Beach into custody. The men now face criminal charges related to prescription drug crime.
Florida readers may be interested to learn that as many as 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs for the first time each day, according to one report. Some of these kids may end up facing prescription drug crime charges as a result of the use of such drugs. Others may find that they require services of one of the many programs popping up aimed at ending this type of drug abuse.
A Florida doctor has been arrested after police say that he wrote and signed more than 24,000 prescriptions in a single year. The doctor is charged with drug trafficking and other crimes because of the prescriptions and his involvement with a clinic that police believe was a pill mill. At the facility, the doctor is said to have issued some 1.3 million dosage units of the painkiller oxycodone alone, in addition to several other suspect prescriptions.
A Florida man is lying in a local hospital in critical condition after being shot by police. Officials say that the man was shot after he failed to comply with officer requests that were made as they were trying to arrest him for a prescription drug crime, among others. The incident happened in a local Palm Bay pharmacy.
Three people, including at least one from Florida, were recently convicted by a jury of committing crimes related to a drug conspiracy that has spanned more than just our state. The three, including two doctors, were accused of a prescription drug crime relating to the sale of pills to those who had no medical need. The case accused as many as 13 people in total including doctors, pharmacists, a call center manager and others, one report indicates.
Reports of prescription drug crime in Florida and across the nation have appeared to increase in recent years. Now a 68-year-old doctor has been accused of prescription drug crime and has been sentenced to two years in prison. He was said to have written illegal prescriptions while working with Jasper Hospital, which has since closed for business.
Many readers in Florida may be surprised to learn that our state spends about $97 million per year housing drug offenders in prison. Many of these people are serving sentences for their first offenses. In fact, three out of four people serving time for prescription drug crime in our state are in prison on their first offense. This includes many who received mandatory sentences for prescription drug crimes.