Beshear, House Democrats call for permanent drug treatment fund

01/24/2018 06:04 PM

FRANKFORT— As Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, seeks to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible in court for Kentucky’s opiate crisis, he wants to make sure all settlement funds go towards funding treatment.

House Bill 219, filed by Rep. Dennis Keene, and co-sponsored by nearly every Democratic House member, creates the Kentucky Addiction Prevention, Enforcement and Recovery Fund – a fund with an oversight board to administer dollars to address the immediate needs of law enforcement, treatment providers and prevention educators.

“This blood money should go to helping our families claw out of addiction,” he said in a Capitol Rotunda press conference.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville, also spoke at the press conference on the need for prevention and treatment in the commonwealth.

Beshear has filed lawsuits against McKesson Corporation over unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices for excessively distributing opioids to Kentucky and Endo Pharmaceuticals for violating state law and directly contributing to opioid related deaths and overdoses in Kentucky from its drug Opana ER.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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