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Lawmakers tackling pill mills

The Florida Senate has unanimously passed legislation to crack down on the state’s growing pill mill problem. The latest version of the bill will now get sent back to the House. This proposal does include the prescription drug monitoring database touted by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Single-parenting on the rise

A study done by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows the United States has a high rate of single-parenthood. According to the study the U-S has the highest rate with single parents raising 25% of children. Though the economy is causing much financial strain on single-care-givers and families, …

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County flu prevention program gets notice

The Protecting Alachua County from Flu immunization program is gaining national recognition. The community partnership helped immunize 50% of Alachua County’s elementary and middle school students. Program Coordinator Cuc Tran says it’s important to focus on protecting this age group. “Before it used to be immunize the elderly because they …

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Alachua County gets immunization recognition

Alachua County’s action against the flu has earned national recognition. The“Protecting Alachua County from Flu” program helped immunize 50% of the county’s elementary and middle school students. Program coordinator Cuc Tran says it’s important to focus on protecting this age group. “Before, it used to be immunize the elderly folks, …

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NFRMC in an expansion phase

Scheduled to begin in September, North Florida Regional Medical Center will expand its facilities. The project is being funded by corporate money and will include expansion of the Heart and Vascular Center. The 58 million dollar project will also include a patient tower addition and employ 800 new personnel.

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Cracking down on pill mills

The Florida House has passed a bill that will crack down on “pill mills” that supply prescription painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. The bill originally included a repeal of the state’s prescription tracking system scheduled to begin in August. University of Florida Pharmacy Professor Dr. Paul Doering says it …

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COW bus put out to pasture

The Clinic on Wheels program in Marion County is retiring one of its older buses. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Tori Saputo reports, the older clinic will be replaced. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StrausserWrap.mp3]

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