A bill that creates a task force for babies born in Florida with an addiction to opioids has passed in the Florida House. HB 227 passed with an unanimous vote. The vote now goes to the Senate for passage.
Florida Attorney General Bondi sees the bill’s passage as the first step toward dealing with a burgeoning problem directly associated with the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the state. The task force would include Bondi and other state officials. The goal of the task force would be to recommend solutions focusing on prevention and education. Bondi believes this is a public health issue, rather than one involving law enforcement. Many pregnant women struggling with an addiction to prescription pain pills are unaware that they could give birth to a baby addicted to pain pills.