Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

Urgent – Contact Your Legislator Regarding Inappropriate Opioid Legislation

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We need you to contact your legislators now and tell them that the proposed limitation compromises the safety and well-being of your patients. This legislation will be heard tomorrow, February 7, 2018.

Florida House Bill 21 and Senate Bill 8, each under consideration by the Florida Legislature, will limit your ability to prescribe post-operative narcotics to 3 days. The proposed legislation, would also require you to (1) see your post-operative outpatients every 72 hours to prescribe narcotic pain medication and (2) to check the on-line Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“PDMP”) prior to prescribing narcotic pain medications. We need to be clear that surgeons appropriately prescribing post-operative narcotic pain medications are not the cause of opioid addiction in Florida.

The template below can serve as an email and template script for your outreach to your legislator. ​The "Find Your Legislator Now" link below will identify your legislator and provide the necessary contact information for you to reach your legislators. Please send an email tonight and contact your legislator's office by phone in the morning.  

Because the legislation is going to be heard in committee tomorrow, it is essential that you contact the following legislators this evening and tomorrow morning:

Senate Rules Committee

  • Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) - (850) 487-5027, benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Oscar Braynon (D) - (850) 487-5035, braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Lauren Book (D) - (850) 487-5032, book.lauren.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Rob Bradley (R) - (850) 487-5005, bradley.rob.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Jeff Brandes (R) - (850) 487-5024, brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Anitere Flores (R) - (850) 487-5039, flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Bill Galvano (R) - (850) 487-5021, galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Tom Lee (R) - (850) 487-5020, lee.tom.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Bill Montford (D) - (850) 487-5003, montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Keith Perry (R) - (850) 487-5008, perry.keith.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez (D) - (850) 487-5037, rodriguez.jose.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Wilton Simpson (R) - (850) 487-5010, simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov
  • Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (D) - (850) 487-5033, thurston.perry.web@flsenate.gov
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For more information, please contact the Florida Chapter office at (904) 309-6240.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 4:30pm