Florida lawmakers listen up.   You have the chance to stop a serious epidemic in our country; painkiller addiction.

U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan was leading the way.

He tried to stop the pill problem in Florida, but his bill was cut out of the recent FDA Safety and Innovation act.

The bill called for stricter requirements to obtain serious opiates like hydrocodone.

One of the requirements was to have the original prescription when obtaining refills.

The bill would have gone a long way, but the Florida house and senate budget negotiators stopped the bill’s progress.

I would guess that representative Buchanan will try again in 2013 to tackle the prescription pill mill problem, and he needs more support by Floridians and those in the Florida government.