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Author Documents Rise of Florida Pill Mills in new book, “American Pain.”

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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.

Guests:

John Temple, Author of “American Pain,” and Reporting and Writing professor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.