Representative Tom Weldon sponsors House Bill to crack down on Pill Mills.
ATLANTA -- A bill to crack down on pill mills in Georgia has passed the Senate and will now go to the governor's desk for signing.
It's an effort to shut down illicit pain clinics. 11Alive's Center for Investigative exposed the problem last fall and efforts began on legislation to curb the problem.
"It will expose and punish narcotic traffickers who operate rogue pill mills, said State Attorney General Sam Olens.
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"The best thing about the bill is it substantially raises the penalty for violation for operating one of these clinics when you shouldn't be," said Tom Weldon (R-Ringgold).
Weldon is one of the sponsors of the bill, which changes the playing field for those who want to set up pain clinics in Georgia.
The bill will make it a felony crime for anyone other than a medical practitioner to own a pain clinic.
It will also give the Georgia Composite Medical Board strong powers to regulate and control pain clinics to ensure that they don't over-prescribe prescription narcotics to those who don't need them.