Liz O. Baylen
Los Angeles Times
A man is arrested and booked for possession of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit prescription fraud outside a medical clinic, according to authorities that raided the office and searched for the doctor. But no physician was arrested at the scene. The clinic was wide open and operating without one. Places like this is suspected to be, where people can buy prescriptions without medical exams, are called “pill mills.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that states use prescription data to spot signs of irresponsible prescribing but only a handful of them do and California is not one of them.