The Orlando city commission voted to impose a temporary moratorium on pain management clinics this week, prohibiting all new clinics from opening, as well as prohibiting the relocation or expansion of existing clinics. This is the first of two votes to enact the moratorium; the second vote is scheduled for February 7. If adopted in February, the city ordinance will last until January 2012. Last December, the Orange County Commission unanimously adopted a similar temporary moratorium on pain clinics within unincorporated Orange County through December 14, 2011. The county and city commissions' actions follow a concerted effort over the last several years by law enforcement and Florida lawmakers to crack down on illegitimate pain clinics that have made Florida the national epicenter of pain management prescription drug abuse.