The highly addictive narcotic OxyContin (oxycodone hydrochloride) is the No. 1 drug dispensed by these clinics, and it has become a huge problem.
Because the state of Florida is one of seven states that does not have a prescription-drug tracking system,* patients can go from one clinic to another and purchase pain pills without anyone really knowing exactly how many pills have been prescribed to each patient. Plus, there is no restriction on the number of pills a person can purchase during a visit. As a result, the state has become a hot-spot for addicts and drug dealers. People travel from surrounding states to purchase drugs here.