Five years ago, Florida lawmakers took decisive action to help curb the altogether staggering number of fatalities attributable to prescription drug abuse. Specifically, they passed legislation targeting the ability of so-called "pill mills" to dispense highly addictive pain medications like oxycodone onsite.
Imagine for a moment that you are a young person who has just been pulled over by police for a small traffic violation. You're nervous, naturally, because you've never been pulled over before. You're doing all you can to stop from shaking. You're not even thinking about your rights or what constitutes a violation of your rights.
Several years ago, law enforcement agencies throughout Florida joined forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on over 250 facilities -- or "pill mills" -- where health care professionals were allegedly selling large amounts of prescription narcotics in exchange for sizeable amounts of cash.