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.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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