Beshear Predicts Prescription Pill Bill Will Pass in Strong Form

Supporters of a bill that would put more restrictions on prescription pills say they believe the measure will pass soon, despite increased lobbying efforts by doctors to weaken the bill. The bill would move the KASPER prescription tracking system to the Attorney General’s office and strengthen restrictions on pain clinics. Kentucky lawmakers were unable to […]

Stumbo Says Drug Bills, On-Time Budgets Will Be Highlights of 2012 Session

As the 2012 legislative session winds down, lawmakers aren’t touting a long list of accomplishments. They say that’s not due to a lack of work, but mainly a lack of extra money to fund new programs or expand others. Instead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the main highlights will be a three-bill attack on Kentucky’s […]

Officials Urge Passage of Prescription Drug Legislation

From Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials are touting a legislative proposal that focuses on fighting prescription drug abuse. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed House Bill 4 last week calling for tougher restrictions on pain management clinics and better use of the state’s prescription monitoring system, and other lawmakers […]

Food Truck Regulations, Louisville Orchestra Impasse, Prescription Drug Smuggling, the Governor’s Race and More: Today on State of the News

1:06pm: We’ll talk about recent developments in the Louisville Metro, including JCPS student assignment, the Louisville Orchestra, and two men currently trapped in a surface mine in Ohio County. 1:30pm: WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and cn|2‘s Kenny Colston analyze the Kentucky governor’s race. 1:40pm: The latest food truck regulations have operators angry and patrons confused. […]

State Leaders Call For Better Tracking Of Prescription Drugs

From Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio As Kentucky works with neighboring states and federal authorities to tackle prescription drug abuse, three state government leaders say there are improvements that also need to be made within the Commonwealth. At a press conference in Lexington this morning, Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway, and House Speaker […]

Drug Czar Says Kasper Isn’t Enough to Fight Drug Abuse

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky’s system for tracking prescription drug sales is “forward leaning” but it’s not enough to curb abuse. That’s according to U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske. Speaking to the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Kerlikowske said the system, known as KASPER, and similar initiatives in other states work well, […]

Special Edition of On Point Live at 10 AM

At 10:00 am this morning, WFPL News will broadcast On Point live. The topic of the hour is prescription drug abuse, which is a major problem in Kentucky. The White House drug czar has called Kentucky “ground zero” for the problem. The Courier-Journal‘s Laura Ungar–who wrote the Prescription for Tragedy series–will appear on the show, […]

Programming Note: On Point to Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse Thursday at 10

At 10:00 am Thursday, WFPL will broadcast On Point live. The topic of the hour is prescription drug abuse, which is a major problem in Kentucky. The early broadcast will give Louisville-area listeners a chance to discuss the topic on air. The Courier-Journal‘s Laura Ungar–who wrote the Prescription for Tragedy series–will appear on the show, […]

Ohio Governor Joins Beshear Against Prescription Drug Abuse

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Ohio Governor John Kasich says he’ll be meeting with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday to talk about ways the two states can join forces to fight prescription drug abuse. “We’re going to work with the governor of Kentucky, the governor of West Virginia (and) I’ve already talked to […]