prescription pill abuse http://wkyufm.org en Conway: Decision on Governor's Race Will Be Made by Spring http://wkyufm.org/post/conway-decision-governors-race-will-be-made-spring <p></p><p>Kentucky's Attorney General continues to say he's strongly considering a run for governor.</p><p>Democrat Jack Conway was in south-central Kentucky Wednesday, addressing students and civic groups about issues including the state's prescription drug abuse problems.</p><p>After a speech to the Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green, Conway told reporters there are other races that deserve the spotlight ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election.</p><p>"With the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign underway, they deserve a few quarters under their belt before a governor's race lands on top of them," Conway said. "But I would think that by the spring of next year, whoever's running for governor ought to be starting a fundraising operation to put together the resources necessary."</p><p>Grimes is challenging Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's much-talked-about Kentucky Senate race. Conway told his Bowling Green audience that coal will continue to be an important source of energy for the region, and that the state must continue to step up its fight against prescription pill abuse. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:06:21 +0000 Kevin Willis 39183 at http://wkyufm.org Conway: Decision on Governor's Race Will Be Made by Spring Pharmaceutical Company Helps Train Kentucky Law Enforcement to Address Pill Abuse http://wkyufm.org/post/pharmaceutical-company-helps-train-kentucky-law-enforcement-address-pill-abuse <p></p><p>A national pharmaceutical company is helping train Kentucky law enforcement on how to address prescription pill abuse in their communities.</p><p>Purdue Pharma helps produce some of the prescriptions often abused in Kentucky, including OxyCotin.</p><p>But company executives say that for the last few years, Purdue Pharma has been helping to train law enforcement officials on how to help crack down on illegal prescribing and abuse.</p><p>As part of a free training seminar, Purdue officials are once again in Kentucky helping health care officials and law enforcement address potential pill abuse.</p><p>John Gilbride, a law enforcement liaison for Purdue, says the company has frequently held the seminars in the state. Tue, 21 May 2013 17:36:16 +0000 31265 at http://wkyufm.org Pharmaceutical Company Helps Train Kentucky Law Enforcement to Address Pill Abuse Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes Kentucky House Judiciary Committee http://wkyufm.org/post/legislative-fix-2012-pill-mill-bill-passes-kentucky-house-judiciary-committee <p></p><p>A bill addressing problems with last year's prescription pill mill bill has cleared the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring the bill, which reduces some tough regulations that followed the pill mill bill. The legislation, House Bill 217, requires hospitals and long term care facilities to still pull KASPER reports, but lessens other regulations on them. <span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System (KASPER) tracks controlled substance prescriptions dispensed within the state.</span></p><p>Stumbo told lawmakers that the bill would help codify easier regulations that were recently published and that the effort to crackdown on prescription pill abuse was effective.</p><p>"But you have a reason to be proud if you supported that bill because it's working. It's working from Pikeville to Paducah," he says. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:38:50 +0000 27016 at http://wkyufm.org Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes Kentucky House Judiciary Committee Kentucky Pill Mill Bill May Be Tweaked http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-pill-mill-bill-may-be-tweaked <p></p><p>Pressure is building on Kentucky lawmakers to refine "pill mill" legislation.</p><p>Since it was enacted last year some physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers have complained its provisions are overly cumbersome. But Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Director Van Ingram says almost two-thirds of abusers don't get medications from doctors. He says they often steal medications from homes.</p><p>Still, Ingram believes the state's crackdown on prescription drug abuse through the pill mill law is working. He says it's prompted almost all pain clinics in the Commonwealth to shut down, leaving only eight now applying to meet the new regulatory process. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:46:53 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson 25497 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Pill Mill Bill May Be Tweaked Beshear Says Kentucky Seeing Successes in Fighting Pill Abuse http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-says-kentucky-seeing-successes-fighting-pill-abuse <p>Kentucky has made inroads in its fight against illegal drug abuse, and the momentum against drug pushers has gained steam thanks to a new law aimed at reversing a trend in which the state became a "prescription drug playground," Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday night. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 01:13:28 +0000 Associated Press 21453 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear Says Kentucky Seeing Successes in Fighting Pill Abuse Conway Says He Can Accept Some Changes to Kentucky Prescription Pill Bill http://wkyufm.org/post/conway-says-he-can-accept-some-changes-kentucky-prescription-pill-bill <p>A leading advocate of Kentucky's new prescription pill law says he's ready to listen to doctors who want to change it. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made fighting prescription pill abuse one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he was a leading supporter of House Bill 1, which requires most doctors to use the KASPER pill tracking system. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:07:04 +0000 17807 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Mothers Hope Their Grief Will Cause Others to Think About Pill Abuse http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-mothers-hope-their-grief-will-cause-others-think-about-pill-abuse <p>Two women who each lost a daughter to prescription drug abuse are becoming the faces of a billboard campaign alerting Kentuckians to the dangers of improperly popping pills. Karen Shay said Thursday she joined in the campaign in hopes of sparing others from her heartbreak. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:58:16 +0000 Associated Press 16301 at http://wkyufm.org