The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) continues to investigate prescription pain medicine diversion in South Florida, inspecting six Walgreens pharmacies and a distribution warehouse in Jupiter, Florida, according to widespread news reports. The action is reported to be a regulatory investigation, not a criminal investigation.
The Miami Herald reports that in the past, Walgreens pharmacies had earned a reputation among pain clinics and questionable high-volume pain pill consumers as an unfriendly pharmacy for doctor shoppers and pill mill customers:
Walgreens may have picked up a larger market share of pill shoppers since then, as the DEA records suggest Walgreens has become a major distributor of oxycodone in Florida over the past 3 years:
WPTV listed the following 6 Walgreens pharmacies as the focus of this regulatory investigation:
- Walgreens Distribution Center: 15998 Walgreens Drive, Jupiter, FL 33497
- Walgreens #04391, 2501 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
- Walgreens #04727, 4950 S. US Hwy 1, Fort Piece, FL 34982
- Walgreens #03629, 12028 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667
- Walgreens #03836, 9332 US Hwy 19, Port Richey, FL 34668
- Walgreens #03099, 1525 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907
- Walgreens #06997, 785 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765
Other Florida pharmacies such as CVS Pharmacy and Cardinal Health have been investigated by DEA for high volumes of oxycodone and other prescription pain medications in the recent past. Despite attempts by the DEA to shut down Florida pharmacies for inadequate care in managing their pain pill prescription responsibilities, most have succeeded in obtaining court orders which allow them to stay open and continue fulfilling narcotic prescriptions.