House bill requiring better controlled substance monitoring passed by Senate committee

03/08/2017 04:03 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would require tighter controlled substance monitoring of individuals seeking prescription drugs was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday.

House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Danny Bentley, R-Russell, would allow information on prescribed overdose medications to be put into the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, or KASPER, which will allow the state to further study abuse and addiction in the state. It would also give providers more information on a patient’s prescription history.

Cabinet of Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Glisson says the legislation looks to improve KASPER and, as a result, better equip the state to fight the drug epidemic in the commonwealth.

KASPER has been a great tool but it is but one tool which has big gaps in it,” Glisson said. “The reason we have asked for this piece of legislation to be looked at is that we’re trying to fill the gap that we think will allow KASPER to be a better tool. It allows us to get toxicology reports and those would be pushed into KASPER and a physician would be able to look at that and see if someone came in and they had overdosed on cocaine, an opiate or whatever it may be.”

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Inspector General Bob Silverthorn says that legislation will help combat individuals who go “doctor shopping,” a process of an individual going to different doctors to get multiple prescriptions filled of the same drug.

“This bill will provide practitioners and pharmacists with access to information that speaks to a patient’s medical history involving both controlled substances, and in certain instances, illegal drugs,” Silverthorn said.

The bill heads to the full Senate.

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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