TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Attorney General Pam Bondi says many of Florida's local law enforcement agencies will give up part of their forfeiture money to help pay for the state's new drug-monitoring database.
The heads of 29 city and county agencies on Monday agreed to contribute after concerns that proposed legislation prohibited pharmaceutical companies from funding the database.
Forfeiture funds come from the seizure of criminals' ill-gotten money and belongings.
Florida is considered the epicenter of prescription drug abuse. The state attracts dealers and addicts from other states. Law enforcement officials had placed much of the blame on Florida's lack of a monitoring system.