House Speaker Greg Stumbo files bill to stop prescription drug abuse

02/02/2012 02:53 PM

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg filed legislation today that would make it easier for law enforcement to target, then stop prescription drug abuse.

House Bill 4 would move the state’s nationally recognized KASPER program, which stands for Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the Attorney General’s office. Investigators from that office, the Kentucky State Police and the state’s medical licensure boards would work closely together and share reports of over-prescribing or abuse that they discover.

All prescribers would be required to register with KASPER as well. Once registered, prescribers will be required to run KASPER reports on all new patients and make periodic checks on those they already see.

In addition, to stop the proliferation of pain clinics, the legislation would require these businesses to be owned by a licensed physician. Stumbo said this would eliminate most illegitimate “pill mills” around the state.

The bill also would limit the prescription of powerful pain medication like Hyrocodone and Oxycontin to allow someone only to receive a 30-day supply at a time.


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