Author Documents Rise of Florida Pill Mills in new book, “American Pain.”
Five years ago, Florida was recognized as the unofficial pill mill capitol of the country. Ninety-three of the top 100 oxycodone-dispensing doctors in the U.S. practiced in Florida. Since then the state has made aggressive efforts to crack down on unscrupulous doctors and pain clinics. In his new book, “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic,” Journalism professor and author John Temple chronicles how brothers Christopher and Jeffrey George created the largest painkiller distribution ring in the country through their South Florida clinics and how Florida’s lax regulations at the time helped make it all possible.