Federal Pill Mill Raid Shuts Pain Clinics Across South Florida

Commercial Medical Group, one of the raided businesses.
Commercial Medical Group, one of the raided businesses.

The feds have taken note of South Florida's illegally run "pill mills," and a yearlong undercover investigation culminated in an early-morning raid today. It focused on mills that flouted prescription laws. Rounded up in the sweep was Zvi Perper, a Delray clinic owner and son of the Broward medical examiner -- click over to the Pulp for details.

The Sun-Sentinel witnessed a raid taking place at a clinic in Oakland Park. That paper is reporting that

hundreds of officials from a number of agencies (state, local, and federal) were involved in the three-county sweep. Officials plan to release more details at a news conference this afternoon.

Rick Scott has recently been throwing up some obstacles to a proposed set of tighter restrictions on pill mills, including a patient monitoring database. Meanwhile, Attorney General Pam Bondi has vowed to take an aggressive stance on pill mills, appointing Dave Aronberg as the Palm Beach County-based liaison for enforcement efforts.

Federal officials convened in West Palm Beach last October to address the problem of prescription drug abuse; the not-yet-ousted Drug Czar Bruce Grant spoke of a rampant problem in Florida. Of course, U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske refused to acknowledge a place for legalized medical marijuana -- possibly the most effective way to curb pain pill abuse.

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