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Rogue group of pain managers skirts rules

Palm Beach Post, December 17, 2009

At least 60 doctors are registered to prescribe drugs from pain clinics in Palm Beach County, FL—a group that includes criminals and physicians fined by regulators for sloppiness or negligence, according to a Palm Beach Post review of county, state, and federal records. Authorities say unscrupulous pain management centers are attracting crime and fueling a spike in drug overdose deaths. In response, Florida leaders are calling for laws that would bar felons from running pain clinics. But some legislators, regulators, and observers argue rogue physicians are just as serious an issue, the Post reports.