10-month investigation involved thousands of pills being put on the street in Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, February 1
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged 29 people in “Operation Bad Apple,” a 10-month investigation into a prescription fraud ring that put thousands of Oxycodone pills on the street. In March 2012, investigators with the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit learned that dozens of fraudulent prescriptions from Luxor Industries Physicians Group in North Fort Myers were filled at Apple Pharmacy in Englewood between June and August 2011. During their investigation detectives confirmed that the prescribing physician did not write the prescriptions. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Department of Health closed Luxor Industries in July 2012 for being an unlicensed pain clinic. Twenty-two suspects in this case were arrested this…
More than 30 stakeholders attended the meeting to offer input and discuss the specifics of the proposed measures.
The Sarasota County Health & Human Services Department hosted a meeting in the Fruitville Public Library on Wednesday evening to gather input on a bold set of ordinances intended to combat abuse of prescription drugs. The meeting came just as the county’s one-year moratorium on new pain management clinics is set to expire on June 8. Wayne Applebee, Criminal Justice Policy Coordinator at the Health Department, explained that the moratorium was enacted in June 2010 as a temporary solution, while statewide initiatives developed. With those plans set back by legal challenges, the Board of County Commissioners tasked the Health Department with drafting new ordinances in their March 1, 2011 meeting. The county's health department then presented …