Return of Original Rx Pill Bill Starts a New Fight Over the Issue

A change to the so-called pill bill in Frankfort has restarted the fight over the measure in the General Assembly. Prescription abuse is rampant in Kentucky, and the bill strengthens restrictions on the drugs and who can sell them. The measure didn’t clear the General Assembly during this year’s regular session, and lawmakers have been […]

Beshear, Rogers to Speak at Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers are among several elected officials slated to speak about prescription drug abuse this week at a conference in Florida. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is organized by the Kentucky-based Operation UNITE. It aims to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the southeastern […]

Kentucky To Join Prescription Monitoring Program

By Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky’s prescription monitoring program will soon link up with other databases in other states. The governor’s office announced Tuesday that Kentucky will sign an agreement with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to join the InterConnect, a network of prescription monitoring programs across the country. The Commonwealth joins […]

Beshear Considering Mandatory Pill-Tracking System

After testifying before a U.S. House committee on the so-called pill pipeline, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state needs to consider making its prescription drug tracking system mandatory. On Thursday, Beshear addressed lawmakers about illegal pills abused in eastern Kentucky. Federal law enforcement officials estimate that 60 percent of those prescription come directly from […]