DEA sets up Fla. pill mill hotline

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.

MIAMI — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is setting up a hotline in Florida for tips about illegal pill mills.

Miami DEA chief Mark R. Trouville says raids and arrests of pill mills last week in South Florida generated a wave of public interest. Some people called news organizations with tips about pill mills.

The DEA has set up a toll-free, 24-hour pill mill tipline. The number is 1-888-954-4662.

Twenty people were arrested in last week's raids, including five doctors. South Florida has become a national hotbed of illegal prescription of huge amounts of painkillers like oxycodone to addicts and dealers throughout the eastern U.S.

Broward County officials say their county alone has more than 130 pill mills.

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