Beshear Urges More State-to-State Cooperation to Fight Prescription Pill Abuse

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is encouraging his peers to join him in fighting prescription pill abuse. Beshear sent that message today at a prescription pill conference in Florida sponsored by Operation UNITE. For the last few years, Beshear has reached out to Kentucky’s neighbors to share information on prescription pill tracking, in an attempt to […]

Prescription Pill Bill Will Be Voted on After Veto Recess

Confusion and last-minute lobbying have potentially derailed what some Kentucky lawmakers considered the hallmark of the current legislative session. House Bill 4 is better known as the prescription pill bill. It’s centerpiece is the transfer of the KASPER drug tracking system to the attorney general’s office. Late last week, it appeared lawmakers had struck a […]

House Passes Prescription Pill Bill, Hopes to Hatch a Compromise With Senate Version

A bill aimed at strengthening  prescription pill tracking  to crack down on abuse has cleared the Kentucky House. The measure  is one of the chief priorities of House Speaker Greg Stumbo, whose work on the issue dates back to his time as attorney general. House Bill 4 would move the KASPER pill tracking system to the attorney […]

House Judiciary Committee Passes Two Bills That Would Overhaul Drug Enforcement

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state’s fight against drugs. One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds. The second bill is an overhaul of the KASPER system, which monitors prescription […]

Florida Governor Reverses on Prescription Tracking Program

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, […]