A woman is arrested during a pill mill prescription drug bust.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- The Florida Senate has unanimously passed legislation to crack down on the state's growing "pill mill" problem.
Senators voted on Friday to approve the latest version of the bill (HB 7095) and send it back to the House.
The measure includes a prescription-drug monitoring database that Gov. Rick Scott had opposed but Attorney General Pam Bondi supported.
"Pill mills" is the name for pain-management clinics that supply drug dealers and addicts with illicit prescription painkillers. Many of those people come from out of state.
Florida is considered the epicenter of prescription drug abuse. Law enforcement officials had put much of the blame on Florida's lack of a monitoring system.
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