Florida Drug Czar Office Falls to Budget Ax

by Phillip Smith

Bruce Grant–Newly unemployed drug war bureaucrat seeks position. (Image courtesy Florida governor’s office)

The Florida Office of Drug Control is going out of business. The four-man fiefdom in the Sunshine State’s drug war bureaucracy has fallen afoul of incoming Republican Governor-elect Rick Scott’s war on state spending and was notified last Friday that it would be out of business come January.

The office was established by Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and its FY 2010-2011 budget is $551,300. Its charge was reducing substance abuse in Florida and helping set state drug policy. The office put out an annual report, as well as other reports, compiled statistics, lobbied for tighter restrictions on the state’s burgeoning pain medicine clinics, and sought funds for prescription monitoring when the state legislature failed to allocate them.

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