Pain clinic moratorium to be considered in Manatee

BRADENTON -- Manatee County Commissioners are set Tuesday to consider a 180-day moratorium on the registration for special permits for new pain management clinics in the county.

An agenda memo to the Board from the County Attorney’s Office states it is critical to place a moratorium on new pain clinics now, before a new state law goes into effect Oct. 1.

Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday signed a bill that will prohibit a dispensing practitioner from giving a patient more than a 72-hour supply of controlled substances if he or she pays out of pocket for the prescription drugs.

Due to the short notice of the County Commission vote, the measure will require six of seven commissioners to approve it.

The ordinance comes with the backing of Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, who recently informed the Board of a number of arrests and deaths related to the illegal use, possession and sale of pharmaceutical drugs.

Tuesday's meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the first-floor chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

For more information on the ordinance, click on the Regular and Land Use Meeting Agendas area of the County Commission’s page at