Painkillers Causing A Headache For State Legislators In Florida

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Florida because of a new law that regulates the usage and abuse of potentially dangerous drugs used for medicinal purposes. Pain management physicians are concerned about a new state law regulating Florida's pain clinics that prescribe potentially dangerous drugs, reports Tampa Bay Online.

State legislators who passed the bill believe the new law is necessary to avoid the rising number of fake prescriptions and bad behavior.

Under the new law, customers will not be able to buy more than a three-days supply of medicine with cash. Patients can still pay through most medical insurance companies, according to the news source.

Plaintiffs Amy Griswald, Bado Pyko and National Pain Institute LLC allege the regulations are unconstitutional, however, and have filed a lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim the new law creates "Draconian measures that arbitrarily restrict patient access to health care as well as the lawful practice of medicine, osteopathic medicine and pain management." In addition, they are worried about the number of physicians who will be limited from practicing pain management treatment.

State Representative John Legg, R-Port Richey, one of the bill's biggest advocates, said the claims were "about greed" in an interview after the suit was filed.

TampaBay.com calls the increasing examples of pill abuse an "epidemic," as the number of burglaries, break-ins and violent attacks continue to rise.