Sen. Whitehouse wants Fla. to better track prescription drug trade

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senators from Rhode Island, Florida, New York, and West Virginia say Florida's governor should enact a program to better track the growing trade of abused prescription drugs to other states, a route called the "flamingo express."

Florida Governor Rick Scott proposes to repeal the Florida drug trafficking law and monitoring system before it begins. He says the program created before he took office has no state funding, is complicated by contract challenges, is unproven and could impinge on innocent people's privacy.

The Democratic senators urge the Republican governor to allow the program to operate as it does in similar ways in 34 other states.

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, along with three colleagues -- Bill Nelson of Florida, Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- made the request.

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