Pain clinic moratorium tentatively passed

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX)-- The town council tentatively approved a moratorium on any new pain clinics Tuesday night.

If a final vote is taken on March 2nd, pain clinics could not be approved until the town adopts new regulations to better deal with them.

Jupiter mother Janice Dennis says the vote is needed.

"My son would be alive today if these pain clinics didn't exist," she said.

Dennis' son David died last June after she says a doctor at a Boca Raton pain clinic prescribed her son a lethal dose of Xanax and Oxycodone.

The 25-year-old was an avid surfer and a flight instructor with a degree from Embry-Riddle.

Janice, a nurse herself at Jupiter Medical Center, says she sees people on a daily basis who have just overdosed from prescription pain pills.

In Jupiter there are 10 pain clinics right now and town officials say those have not posed a problem.

But Janice says there are some clinics out there that are unscrupulous and that someone needs to step in to stop what has become an epidemic of patients who have been liberally dispensed potentially lethal drugs.

"They're trouble, nothing but trouble. They are lucrative. People can get to specialists besides just pain clinics," she said.

Dennis says the dose her son received from that Boca pain clinic should have only been given to a hospice patient.

The pain clinic industry has said only a few clinics have tainted what is an ethical and legal business.

West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach County have already approved restrictions on pain clinics.