by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich met today to discuss their states’ efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. Many of the prescription drugs abused in eastern Kentucky and neighboring regions come from Florida. Kasich says the governors must come together to stop the so-called pill pipeline […]
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, […]
A letter from Conway appeared in Friday’s Sun Sentinel newspaper. It asks readers to lobby their state lawmakers to keep the program. The letter comes days after Scott announced plans to use federal grant funds from the new healthcare law to create a task force to fight prescription abuse.
Florida Governor Rick Scott’s name has been thrown around Kentucky for several weeks. Scott’s attempt to stop a prescription drug tracking system has prompted state, federal and city officials to reach out to the Floridian leader and encourage him to reconsider the cut.
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.
It’s believed that many of the prescriptions abused in Kentucky come from Florida. Governor Steve Beshear, Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, Congressman Hal Rogers and U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske have all encouraged Florida Governor Rick Scott to reconsider cutting the program.
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.