The legislation is meant to reduce prison costs and crowding largely by steering drug offenders toward treatment programs. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Tom Jensen says it also gives police more flexibility to issue citations for misdemeanor drug crimes, such as marijuana possession, rather than make arrests.
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.
The case was brought by a Louisville man who was arrested seven years ago for possession of a loaded firearm and crack cocaine. The man accepted a plea bargain. Later, the sentencing guidelines for crack possession were changed. The man sought to have his sentence reduced in line with the new rules.
Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske is visiting Kentucky this week to tour various treatment centers and to talk with law enforcement officials. He says it’s likely the federal government will allocate more money toward the most effective strategies for fighting drugs.
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.
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.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will stop in the city as part of a trip through Kentucky.
Kerlikowske and Congressman John Yarmuth will meet with patients and doctors at the VA Substance Abuse treatment center in the veteran’s hospital. The two will then talk with local law enforcement officials in downtown Louisville.
Scott has asked the Florida legislature to cancel the program before it launches. The program was approved in 2009 and is meant to crack down on so-called pill mills that supply drug dealers and addicts with prescriptions.
Both Rogers and Scott are Republicans, and Rogers says residents of his district and of Florida are dying from overdosing on drugs that originate from pill mills.
A bill that would make cold medicines that contain the meth ingredient pseudoephedrine available by prescription only may have unintended consequences for many Kentuckians. The legislation will make the medicines unavailable to meth producers, but also to many of the state’s uninsured residents.
Late last year, Kentucky State Police trooper John Hawkins told WFPL the increase in meth lab busts was so sharp that police were on track to find more than one thousand before the end of the year…and they did.