Drug Czar Weighs In On Meth, Prescription Drug Abuse In Kentucky

Florida Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting a program that would track prescription drugs in his state. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have asked Scott to reconsider.

Office of National Drug Control Policy director—or Drug Czar—Gil Kerlikowske says Florida needs to fight the prescription drug trade, since pills from that state are sold and abused in Kentucky and elsewhere.

Rogers Speaks In Favor Of Anti-Meth Bill

Rogers says 137 other cold and allergy remedies that don’t contain pseudoephedrine will be still be available over-the-counter. Despite the congressman’s appeal, the legislation has a steep hill to climb. No votes have been taken yet, but Pat Davis, wife of U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis of Kentucky, is among the opponents.

Meth Bills Draw Opponents In General Assembly

Pseudoephedrine, which is found in most over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, is a key ingredient in illegally manufactured methamphetamine. And with the number of meth labs exploding in Kentucky, two bills requiring prescriptions for medicines containing pseudoephedrine have been introduced in Frankfort.

Officers' Group Wants More Restrictions On Meth Ingredient

The Kentucky Narcotics Officers’ Association is pushing for state legislation that would require a doctor’s prescription for the purchase of pseudoephedrine. The drug, found in some cold medicines, is also a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The state already requires that over-the-counter purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine be limited and tracked electronically, but […]

Cross-Border Effort Focuses on Cutting Meth Production

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a partnership with Southern Indiana law enforcement to combat the high number of meth labs near the states’ common border. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Gov. Beshear and Indiana law enforcement officials in Clark and Floyd counties say they are going to share information using a Kentucky database to […]