A new study from Johns Hopkins University shows Florida’s pill mill crackdown worked in its first year.
After becoming the epicenter for prescription opioid abuse, the state passed tougher laws for pain management clinics. The state also implemented a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program which gave healthcare professionals a better look at patients’ prescription drug histories.The laws went into full affect in 2011. Researchers at Johns Hopkins looked at hundreds of millions of prescriptions from the year before and after.
Lainie Rutkow was lead author on the study and says the first year of data shows a promising drop.
Rutkow says those drops came from healthcare professionals and patients who were previously writing and filling prescriptions at unusually high rates.
She says other states may want to follow Florida’s lead by implementing both a pill mill law and a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.