That bit of hypocrisy pales compared with what kids are seeing out of Tallahassee.
In 2009, Florida dispensed more than a half-billion hits of oxycodone. That is triple the number from 2005.
It is almost one fix a day for every adult in the state. And this doesn't include methadone and all the other narcotics we dispense like Halloween candy.
Oxycodone kills more people in Florida than heroin, cocaine and morphine combined, according to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.
Compared with 2008, heroin deaths dropped 20 percent in 2009 and cocaine deaths dropped 18 percent.
Oxycodone deaths increased 26 percent.
This is an epidemic for the ages. Doctors with prescription pads are a bigger threat to your kids than drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia.
This takes me to Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon.
In the old days, the drug dealers paid the cops for protection. In Florida, the politicians give it away for free.
They continue to oppose the best tool we have to fight this plague — a drug database that would track the flow of prescription narcotics.
Instead, they are offering up placebo cures.
For example, the House is pushing a bill that would ban doctors from selling the drugs. That sounds good, except the vast majority of drugs don't come from doctors' offices or pain clinics. More and more, it seems the docs simply write the prescriptions — a ticket to get high cashed in at a pharmacy.
Doctors and pain clinics only dispense about 16 percent of the oxycodone in this state.
Yet, a House bill championed by Cannon would spend $3 million to ensure all the narcotics are removed from these offices and clinics. We can't afford to waste $3 million on pretend solutions.
The bill also would allow only publicly traded pharmacies, or those with $100 million in taxable assets in Florida, or those that have been in business for 10 years, to sell the narcotics. This would give big corporations like Walgreens and CVS a monopoly and put smaller legitimate pharmacies at a huge disadvantage in competing with them.
This looks more like an attempt to enrich big corporate interests than an attempt to stop drug dealing.
Scott says he doesn't want taxpayers to have to fund the database. And then he announces a $800,000 strike force to target prescription-drug abuse. That's more than the database would cost.