Osceola County could become the next local government in Florida to impose a moratorium on new pain management clinics — an effort aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse problems.
Commissioners agreed Monday to work with the Sheriff's Office and draft an ordinance, which could temporarily halt any new clinics from opening until standards are set on their operations.
Authorities say many pain clinics are nothing but fronts for pill mills, where doctors dole out addictive, powerful drugs for cash.
There are more than 900 pain clinics statewide. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said there are about a dozen in the county.
The Sheriff's Office also said Monday that the agency made more than 300 arrests for illegal prescription drugs in 2010.
In December, Orange County commissioners imposed a temporary moratorium on new pain clinics in unincorporated Orange County. The city of Orlando soon followed with a similar ordinance, as have other Central Florida local governments, including St. Cloud.
The draft of Osceola County's ordinance will be brought back to the Commission for public hearings in several weeks, the Sheriff's Office said.
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