Florida enacts new legistation about 'pain mills'

MANATEE — It’s not your average doctor’s office.

A sign on the door reads, “No knives, weapons or food.”

Inside Manatee Pain Care, 842 62nd St. Circle E., is a lobby the size of a closet with a small glass window. A video camera records from the corner of the window.

The clinic is one of 20 reviewed by Manatee officials after the county adopted an ordinance this summer instituting a moratorium on pill mills, along with the city of Bradenton.

Pain clinics now have to meet certain criteria to receive a permit and must register with the state, and have a medical director who is board certified in pain management and holds a Florida medical license.

Following the ordinance adoption, 11 pain management clinics remain open in Manatee including six through state exemptions. Three decided to withdraw from being considered pain clinics and six were denied.

On Friday, the moratorium ordinances will expire when a new state law takes effect.

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