WEST PALM BEACH, FL--Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says prescription drug abuse in the area is out of control.
The sheriff, the Palm Beach County State Attorney, and other officials attended a prescription drug abuse and pain clinic summit Monday.
They discussed how to get pills off the streets and how to regulate pill mills, or illegal pain management clinics, in South Florida
"It's something we have to handle. It's a large volume of them, and it's killing our youth and people out there needlessly, so we're trying to bring some attention to it and trying to get legislation to stop the illegal pain clinics and let the ones that are reputable out there handle the people that have a need for pain management," said Sheriff Bradshaw.
"You have to think of pharmaceuticals as not just medicine. The upside is that they can relieve pain. The downside is that they can be agents of misery and death," said Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe.
According to Sheriff Bradshaw every 27 hours Palm Beach County law enforcement handles an overdose death.
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