Democratic leaders to push proposal to crack down on pain clinics and track prescriptions

10/06/2011 08:07 AM

Democratic officials want to change the law to give law enforcement greater access to information about prescription purchases in Kentucky as well as the authority to shut down pain clinics that have become sources of illegal pills, Attorney General Jack Conway said.

Conway, along with Gov. Steve Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, will announce the proposals at a news conference Thursday morning in Lexington.

Conway, speaking to Pure Politics after a campaign appearance Wednesday night, said law enforcement officials need access to the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System — known as KASPER — that tracks prescription purchases.

Currently, investigators can only gain access to statistics and information KASPER tracks if they are investigating a particular doctor or patient for prescription abuse.

In an interview with Pure Politics later Thursday, Beshear said the plans should help crack down on the “epidemic” Kentucky faces with prescription pills.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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