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RX for Danger: Local officials, law enforcers step up prescription-drug battle

RX for Danger: Local officials, law enforcers step up prescription-drug battle

Should doctors be charged with murder when their prescriptions are linked to fatal overdoses?

It's one idea being considered in Central Florida as local officials and law-enforcement agencies wrestle with the prescription-drug epidemic sweeping the state.

"This is all about greed," said Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar. "These doctors prey on the weakness of these patients."

In the absence of clear direction — or action — fromTallahassee, "we've got to deal with this ourselves," Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation Director Phil Williams recently told a group made up of Orange County officials with a stake in the...

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