The days of Florida being called the Pill Mill Capital of the Country are now behind us and we are making significant strides to combat the national opioid crisis. As a state and nation, we still face significant challenges exacerbated by heroin, fentanyl and other deadly drugs. Illegally sold prescription pills also continue to fuel addiction in our country.
This week, my office and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Dr. Armando Falcon and two office managers following a lengthy undercover investigation. According to the investigation, Dr. Falcon operated a pill mill at the Pain Center of Cutler Bay, a pain management center in South Florida. The investigation determined that Dr. Falcon met with patients for less than two minutes before prescribing in many cases approximately 150, 30 mg, oxycodone pills—earning millions as a result of his criminal enterprise.
Dr. Falcon sponsored a lavish lifestyle while writing scripts for addictive prescription pills, but many times, doctors are not the sole contributors to these criminal operations—staff members are sometimes culpable too. Whether it’s a doctor illegally prescribing opioids or a staff member engaging in the illegal behavior, they will be held responsible.
One life lost to a drug overdose is too many, and I will continue the fight to stop the national opioid crisis. Thanks to my partners in the Florida Legislature, we have seen tremendous progress in our fight to save lives. My office is also taking legal action with our recent filing in state court against some of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributions for their role in the opioid crisis.
As former state prosecutor and Florida’s Attorney General, I have spent my entire career fighting drug abuse and trying to save lives. As your Attorney General I will do everything I can to protect Floridians from this epidemic.