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.

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