Governor Proposes Prescription Bill
DECEMBER 04, 2001
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)
— Gov. Jeb Bush introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish a
computerized prescription drug database to stop the misuse of
pharmaceutical drugs such as OxyContin.
The measure would also
establish penalties of up to 15 years in prison for doctors who
illegally prescribe medication.
``There are many legal
drugs that when prescribed right and used right have tremendous benefits
... but there are potentials for abuse in legal substances as well,''
drug databases already exist in 18 states. Florida's
data would be exempt from public records laws and available only to
doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officers.
OxyContin, made by
Purdue Pharma, is a time-released pain killer; abusers crush and consume
the capsules to produce an intense high.
The proposal has the
support of the state's Department of Health, Department of Children
& Families, and Board of Medicine.
Purdue Pharma spokesman
Robin Hogen said the company supports the bill as well.