Florida County Rethinks Painkiller Legislation After Statewide Restrictions Are Passed

Florida's Sarasota County Commission is rethinking legislation to manage painkiller abuse, suggesting the recently passed state legislation may be sufficient, according to a Herald-Tribune report.

The county had proposed zoning changes that would require pain management clinics to relocate far from churches, schools and pharmacies. The proposed legislation would also require clinics to regulate hours of operation and limit the number of parking spaces. Physicians and nurses have opposed the zoning changes, saying it would harm patients who require prescription painkiller drugs. No commissioners have spoken in favor of the proposed zoning changes. A vote on the measure is scheduled for next month.

Last week, Florida passed legislation that would restrict pharmacies dispensing prescription drugs and physicians prescribing them. According to the report, county commissioners are considering whether the state legislation will be sufficient and the county's proposed zoning changes unnecessary. The county will also consider extending the one-year moratorium on new pain management clinics that will expire in June before the state law takes effect in August.

Read the Herald-Tribune report on Florida's pain management legislation.

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