Broward Sheriff's Office ends pain pi...

Broward Sheriff's Office ends pain pill abuse unit

There are 50 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 7, 2009, titled Broward Sheriff's Office ends pain pill abuse unit. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

At a time when local pain pill clinics are multiplying, the Broward Sheriff's Office is breaking up a special investigative unit dedicated to busting shops that dole out pills illegally.

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In the Know

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 May 7, 2009
This article is fraught with inaccuracies and mis quotes. The writer should be ashamed. BSO is NOT disbanding the unit. The former self serving BSO Supervisor Lisa McElhaney was totally innefective in the inforcement area and was simply reassigned.
This article is simply another self agrandizing attempt by her and her media friend Megan O Matz to shift the focus off her incompetence. Shameful. O Matz should be fired by the Sun-Sentinel and sweet Lisa sent packing from BSO.She is a disgrace to the uniform.
mee

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 May 7, 2009
well what about the people that are legit, and really need to go to pain management? are they going to be targeted as users/dealers as well?
budgetcuts

Hollywood, FL

#3 May 7, 2009
Good, disband the unit and put the deputies on the road in pompano. who cares if the drug addicts want to overdose and kill themselves. get rid of the "long term" invstigations that lead to nowhere.
Disgusted

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 May 7, 2009
If they (the Doctors)would stop seeing and selling to everybody from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and everywhere else then we would not have much of a problem... The ones getting hurt by this right now is the people with legit problems. Don't other states (i.e. KY, Tenn, Ohio etc) have doctors and drug stores there? It's not like a third world country!!!
mee wrote:
well what about the people that are legit, and really need to go to pain management? are they going to be targeted as users/dealers as well?
rich g

Miami, FL

#5 May 7, 2009
Agreed 1st poster,put the resources where they will be effective. Let her go back out on patrol......
Tea

Tucson, AZ

#6 May 8, 2009
budgetcuts wrote:
Good, disband the unit and put the deputies on the road in pompano. who cares if the drug addicts want to overdose and kill themselves. get rid of the "long term" invstigations that lead to nowhere.
Exactly , stop wasting money and man power on addicts and get on with Violent crime , robbery etc. I sick of the tax money used to fight this LOSING drug war , time to move on .
Somebodyhelpme

New Orleans, LA

#7 May 8, 2009
How about an anti-steroid unit targeting BSO cops? These drug crazed thugs are a danger to the citizens of Broward County and need to be taken out of the police force. Of course there would be no BSO cops left if they did that.
Keystone Cop-lover

Lake Worth, FL

#8 May 8, 2009
Bad title....Law Enforcement folks are actually increasing efficiency by pooling resources against the pill mills. But the editor got me to read the article because he made up an unbelievable and shocking headline!!
Valigator

Boca Raton, FL

#9 May 8, 2009
What is this a joke? How in the hell did Broward get the reputation for the largest county with precription abuse in the nation?
And all along we have had a task force? I am curious just how much Browards taxpayers have already dumped into this useless unit to date.(I have a tendency to believe "In the Know" on this one..
BSO Supervisor Lisa McElhaney-good riddance
jim

Powder Springs, GA

#10 May 8, 2009
Maybe fed time will curb this "pain management " scam.Well over 90% of pain management customers are dealers and junkies.If you really had an ongoing issue with pain wouldn't you go see your real doctor?
citizen

United States

#11 May 8, 2009
Al Al Al Al who are you kidding?

Since: Aug 08

Jupiter, FL

#12 May 8, 2009
jim wrote:
Maybe fed time will curb this "pain management " scam.Well over 90% of pain management customers are dealers and junkies.If you really had an ongoing issue with pain wouldn't you go see your real doctor?
My real doctor referred me to a pain management clinic. It sounds like you have never been to one because 90% of the people in there are elderly or have some overt disability.

It's ignorant people like you who have made it more and more difficult to get a legitimate prescription without being labeled or looked at as a possible junkie.
Valigator

Boca Raton, FL

#13 May 8, 2009
jim wrote:
Maybe fed time will curb this "pain management " scam.Well over 90% of pain management customers are dealers and junkies.If you really had an ongoing issue with pain wouldn't you go see your real doctor?
Your right, real doctors can smell a junkie, and make no mistake a person addicted to pain medication is as much of a junkie as someone addicted to heroin. A real doctor, doesnt write pain scripts like these poor excuses for doctors in the pain clinics..they are "dealers" with a Florida license...for a hundred bucks these dealers and junkies can come in a resell and make four times or more what the visit cost them. Many of the so-called doctors in these clinics can make 15 thousand a month or more writing pain scripts. It's all about money nothing more, they are broken down doctors who are on their way out of the system and are trying to pad their retirement before getting booted out.So much for the "do no harm" oath..many stay in too long until the state takes a much needed bite out of their backside because they get too greedy..Its greed pure and simple and your infamous Department of Proffessional Regulation..is too lazy to put a stop to it. One pain clinic near my office has patients (I use the term loosely)standing in line out the door and around the building. Now tell me how BSO never spotted that? Two of BSO's favorite eateries are within sight distance of this clinic. And if you look closely enough, you will spot tags from North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama...in the clinics parking lot. Now if this isnt a perfect example of the "world gone upside down" I dont know what is. If BSO had the responsibility of oversight for these clinics, then they have done a piss poor job..
antibarby

Miami, FL

#14 May 8, 2009
it seems plausable to me that they could shift some resources and still do the job well, maybe better. doesnt sound like anyone "stopped the music", sounds more like they just adjusted the seating.........junkies multiply like rabbits, the cops budget takes a beating, i say we shouldnt "arm chair general" the lawmen on this one.......lets allow them some "police smarter' room.
antibarby

Miami, FL

#15 May 8, 2009
on the 'police smarter" thing,i say we let them try more adjustments to junkie control.........in the end though, until the feds adopt a rational national drug policy, the local cops are gonna take the front line abuse.
and thats kinda sad really.

we should be angry at the idiots that caused the economic implosion that cut the "anti junkie team" in the first place.

the real story is that the incompetancy of the last 20 yrs of economic policy in this counry leads to this.

flip a house, cheat yourself out of law enforcement......thats what it amounts to..........now your surrounded by junkies , and ya blame the cops?.........thats the saddest form of greed.
duplicate services

Day, FL

#16 May 8, 2009
good move, this was already being investigated by FDLE and FBI.

no need for local LE to get involved.

saves money and is smart business.
(who would have guessed )
Valigator

Boca Raton, FL

#17 May 8, 2009
USMC SGT wrote:
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My real doctor referred me to a pain management clinic. It sounds like you have never been to one because 90% of the people in there are elderly or have some overt disability.
It's ignorant people like you who have made it more and more difficult to get a legitimate prescription without being labeled or looked at as a possible junkie.
There are legitmate pain centers...but more often than not, most are not. Some enterprizing individuals found a way of circumventing the system and rented storefronts with the states blessing. Many of the "lose weight clinics" have found the same loopholes...In this county, you can speed up or slow down on the same block..
Get Real

Atlanta, GA

#18 May 8, 2009
Heck, create a unit that looks in to steriod abuse by the COPS. Biggest users period.
nu zoo revue

United States

#19 May 8, 2009
may they should put 2 of broward's
best deputy's in the unit to curb the
drug abuse / pill problem.

I nominate: T. OSTEEN

DEP. JOE KOOL AID

afterwards these 2 can show law enforcement how to stay in shape.
cherry

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 May 8, 2009
No. As long as you have legit medcial reasons and do not go to more then one dr. you have nothing to worry about
mee wrote:
well what about the people that are legit, and really need to go to pain management? are they going to be targeted as users/dealers as well?

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