Florida Attorney Pam Bondi is applauding the passage of legislation in the State Senate that would crack down on illegal practices at substance recovery residences. The “Sober Homes” bill now heads to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for signature.
The legislation expands the Attorney General’s office to prosecut patient brokering, which is the marketing of rehabilitative services to the resident’s patients, and puts in place stronger punishment for offenses while expanding restrictions on facilities that don’t seek certification from the Department of Children and Families.
Governor Rick Scott recently declared the opioid epidemic a statewide emergency, while municipalities including the Orlando tri-county area have all taken steps to halt the upward trend of overdose cases in the region.
“I want to thank Representative Bill Hager and Senator Jeff Clemens for sponsoring this vital legislation and each member of the Florida Legislature who voted in favor of the bill,” said Attorney General Bondi. “The legislation will help protect recovering addicts from those trying to exploit and profit from their addiction.”