TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's prescription drug tracking system finally was up and running Thursday after overcoming a series of political, legal and financial obstacles.

It's part of the state's effort to crack down on "pill mills" that supply painkillers to drug dealers and addicts, many if not most coming from out of state.

Law enforcement officials say Florida has become the nation's epicenter of prescription drug abuse at least in part because most other states already have monitoring programs.

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