WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With the increase of illegal pill mills in Palm Beach County, officials in Tallahassee announced plans to shut down the unlawful operations.
Karen Perry, the executive director of N.O.P.E. (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education task force), says the announcement is a step in the right direction. Her son, Richard, died in 2003 from an accidental drug overdose. For the past eight years, Peryy has spent her days talking to parents and students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
"Across the state of Florida we're losing seven people every single day to prescription drug abuse alone," said Perry.
Perry says her son started using drugs when he was 15. A combination of cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs claimed his life at the age of 21. Perry says she is on a mission to make sure her late son's story is in the hearts and minds of those who feel what happened to her family can't happen to them.
Monday afternoon, Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi said the new inter-agency enforcement team will be headed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
The new group will include members of Florida Highway Patrol and multiple police agencies. The team will investigate the distribution and sale of large quantities of pills.
"It should not be happening. You can not have a supposed legal distribution system and selling drugs like this," said Governor Scott.
The statewide program is being funded by an $800,000 dollar grant.
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