Florida’s crackdown on pill mills has resulted in decreases in opioid prescriptions, according to an online study published by JAMA Internal Medicine.
The study compares prescription painkiller data in Florida and Georgia from July 2010 to September 2012.
In 2010, Florida legislators passed a law that pain clinics had to be registered with the state, and that doctors could no longer dispense painkillers from their offices.
A year later, the state implemented a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) that allowed doctors and pharmacies to better scrutinize a patient’s prescription history.
Following the new law and the PDMP, the number of opioid prescriptions written in Florida decreased 1.4%.
Lainie Rutkow, one of the study’s authors who is an associate professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, called the drop in opioid prescriptions “promising.”