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by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich  met today to discuss their states’ efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.

Many of the prescription drugs abused in eastern Kentucky and neighboring regions come from Florida. Kasich says the governors must come together to stop the so-called pill pipeline that brings prescriptions to the area.

“We’re going to work with the Governor of Kentucky, the Governor of West Virginia, I’ve already talked to the Governor of Florida,” he says. “Winning the battle against opiates, which destroys so many of our families, has to be won.”

The meeting comes the week after Beshear and Florida Governor Rick Scott testified on the issue in Congress. Scott began the year with plans to block a system for tracking prescriptions in Florida, but has since reversed his stance. The White House Drug Czar has called on state and federal officials to work harder to stop prescription drug abuse. The federal plan to curb illegal prescriptions focuses on education, law enforcement and prescription tracking systems like the one in Kentucky, and the one proposed in Florida.

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Florida Governor Reverses on Prescription Tracking Program

by Gabe Bullard April 14, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will support a compromise to implement a prescription pill tracking system in his state. Scott originally sought to block a prescription database from being used, citing privacy concerns. The system is meant to stop illegal prescription sales. Because Floridian pill mills are a major supplier of prescription drugs abused in Kentucky and elsewhere, […]

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Conway Asks Floridians to Support Prescription Tracking Program

by Gabe Bullard April 1, 2011

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.

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Rick Scott in the Spotlight

by Gabe Bullard March 22, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s name has been thrown around Kentucky for several weeks. Scott’s attempt to stop a prescription drug tracking system has prompted state, federal and city officials to reach out to the Floridian leader and encourage him to reconsider the cut.

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Drug Czar Uses Kentucky Experience to Fight Prescription Abuse

by Gabe Bullard March 10, 2011

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.

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Amid Calls to Retain Prescription Tracking System, Florida Legislature Convenes This Week

by Gabe Bullard March 7, 2011

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.

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NPR Covers Florida Prescription Tracking Controversy

by Gabe Bullard March 2, 2011

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.

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Conway Joins Calls Against Florida Prescription Tracking Cut

by Gabe Bullard March 1, 2011

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.

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Kerlikowske Finishes Tour of Commonwealth

by Gabe Bullard February 24, 2011

White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has wrapped a tour of Kentucky, and he says he plans to press the Governor of Florida to help fight prescription pill abuse.

Many of the prescriptions abused in Kentucky originate in Florida, where they are illegally traded. Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting a program to track prescriptions in his state.

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Beshear Asks Florida Governor To Keep Prescription Tracking Program

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Governor Steve Beshear is the latest Kentucky official to ask Florida Governor Rick Scott to rethink his plans to cut a prescription drug tracking system.
It’s estimated that many of the prescription pills that are abused in eastern Kentucky come from Florida, and Beshear follows Congressman Hal Rogers in asking Scott to keep the program funded.

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