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… Continue reading Beshear and Florida Governor to Discuss Prescription Abuse Before Congress
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would require computerized tracking by retailers of cold medications used in making methamphetamine. The vote was 78-11 The bill would have all stores selling pseudoephedrine enter the identity of customers into a multistate database and limit a person to buying 7.2 grams of those drugs in a… Continue reading Indiana House Approves Drug Tracking Bill
On Saturday, April 9th, residents can give their expired or unneeded prescriptions to city officials, who will dispose of the drugs according to EPA standards.
Drugs that are disposed of improperly can contaminate ground and drinking water.
A letter from Conway appeared in Friday’s Sun Sentinel newspaper. It asks readers to lobby their state lawmakers to keep the program. The letter comes days after Scott announced plans to use federal grant funds from the new healthcare law to create a task force to fight prescription abuse.
Gil Kerlikowske visited the commonwealth last month and toured communities hit by prescription abuse. He spoke Thursday with the newly-formed congressional caucus on prescription pill abuse, which is co-chaired by Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting the state’s yet-to-be-implemented prescription tracking system. Various federal and Kentucky officials have asked Scott to reconsider, saying that Florida pill mills are the source of many of the prescription drugs abused in Kentucky.
The synthetic drugs can produce hallucinations when snorted. Both chambers of the General Assembly passed the bill outlawing the substances Friday. Their action came days after a western Kentucky woman was found–dazed along a highway with her two small children–after allegedly snorting the drug.
The bill would make certain cold medicines that contain the meth ingredient pseudoephedrine available by prescription-only. Supporters, such as Louisville Metro Police Sergeant Stan Salyards, say they’ll push for it again next year because it’s the only way to stop meth.
On Monday morning, Greg Allen reported on Florida’s prescription drug abuse problem for Morning Edition. Allen calls Florida the epicenter of the abuse epidemic, and then details Florida Governor Rick Scott’s plans to cut a proposed prescription tracking program.
It’s believed that many of the prescriptions abused in Kentucky come from Florida. Governor Steve Beshear, Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, Congressman Hal Rogers and U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske have all encouraged Florida Governor Rick Scott to reconsider cutting the program.