Reacting to a congressional panel on the “pill mill pipeline”, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo and Attorney General Jack Conway praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for supporting the creation of a prescription drug monitoring system in his state. On Thursday, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told WFPL that Scott assured him that Florida would initiate a… Continue reading Conway, Mongiardo Praise Florida Governor’s Reversal on Prescription Tracking
Florida Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting the state’s yet-to-be-implemented prescription tracking system. Various federal and Kentucky officials have asked Scott to reconsider, saying that Florida pill mills are the source of many of the prescription drugs abused in Kentucky.
On Monday morning, Greg Allen reported on Florida’s prescription drug abuse problem for Morning Edition. Allen calls Florida the epicenter of the abuse epidemic, and then details Florida Governor Rick Scott’s plans to cut a proposed prescription tracking program.
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.
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.