A bill to crack down on illegal pain clinics has been introduced in the Kentucky House.
Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, all Democrats, collaborated on the bill.
It would transfer the operation of KASPER, a statewide pill tracking system, to the Attorney General’s office. It would also require all doctors practicing in Kentucky to use the system.
Law enforcement, nurses and doctors would have direct access to KASPER data, under the measure. It would also allow information from KASPER to be included in medical files.
Stumbo says the goal is to eliminate the commonwealth’s prescription pain drug epidemic.
“What we’re trying to do is strike at the heart of the problem and that is the doctors that overprescribe,” Stumbo says. “And the patients who try to manipulate the system and get more prescriptions because what they with those prescriptions is sell ‘em. They end up on the black market.”