With most progress, comes change. Florida has announced three new laws that are coming into effect as of January 1, 2017.
As a fight to stop young children from getting high, Florida will be banning children under the age of 18 from buying certain types of over-the-counter cough syrup in 2017. The main cough syrup that is pointed out in this bill, is cough syrup containing dextromethorphan, which is found in syrups such as Nyquil and Robitussin. This bill was one of the last bills signed by Governor Rick Scott in the 2016 Legislative session. Out of the 272 bills sent to Scott’s desk for approval, he signed all but three.
Another bill enables financial institutions to designate where summonses and subpoenas can be delivered. The final bill to take effect in 2017 relates to opioids. The law stops insurance companies that cover opioid medications from requiring prior authorizations for patients to obtain versions of the medications that are designed to deter addiction.