|Statewide Drug Strike Force Winning Pill Mill Battle
On Monday, along with law enforcement leaders throughout Florida, I helped announce the progress we are making in Florida’s fight against illegal prescription drugs.
I would like to thank Florida’s law enforcement community and everyone involved in making this progress possible. Our multi-faceted approach is making a difference. Since January we have taken more than 600,000 pills off the streets. Also, the purchases of oxycodone, the number one killer, are down 17 percent compared to last year. I made a promise to crack down on pill mills, and these numbers show substantial progress.
Also, today, I joined Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Ambassador Cristina Barrios, Consul General to Spain, and several international business leaders to begin the 500 day countdown to Florida’s 500th anniversary.
In 2013, we will be commemorating our state’s rich and diverse history dating back to 1513, when Juan Ponce de Leon became the first European to explore Florida or any other part of what is now the United States of America. The commemoration, officially called Viva Florida 500, will showcase the variety of historic people, places and events that have helped shape Florida.
All regions of Florida are anticipated to play a role in the commemoration, which will include many activities and events, as well as educational programming. For more information, please visit www.vivaflorida.org or www.fla500.com.
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