CITY COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla was met with zero opposition yesterday to a bill targeting so-called pill mills, medical practices in which doctors write prescriptions for highly addictive medications that are often resold on the street.
The bill would impose penalties and stop-work orders on such "nuisance health establishments." Council's Public Health and Human Services Committee passed it unanimously.
"These pill mills - we had lines of people waiting outside," Squilla said. "We had armed guards at the doors, cash businesses, people coming out, refilling prescriptions and reselling them outside in the neighborhood.
"It led to more crime and police activity. We thought we needed to do something about it."