Beshear and Florida Governor to Discuss Prescription Abuse Before Congress

by Gabe Bullard on April 13, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Florida Governor Rick Scott disagree over how best to fight prescription drug abuse, and on Thursday morning, both men will address the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the issue.

Beshear and various state and federal officials have encouraged Scott to rethink his plans to cut an as-yet-unimplemented prescription pill tracking system. Many of the pills abused in eastern Kentucky are purchased in Florida and travel along the so-called pill pipeline to the commonwealth. Scott says he’d like to scrap the tracking system because of privacy concerns. He favors creating a prescription pill task force to tackle the problem.

The meeting begins at 8 am and will be televised on C-SPAN.

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