prescription abuse

8:31 am
Tue July 24, 2012

New Rules Require Kentucky Doctors to Do More to Combat Pill Abuse

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed emergency regulations that require doctors to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse. The rules, which were given to given to state boards that oversee the medical industry on Friday, were presented to lawmakers this week and will remain in effect until permanent regulations are adopted.

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Pill Disposal Activities
6:14 am
Sat April 28, 2012

State Police and DEA Support "Take Back Initiative"

The fourth national "Take Back"initiative is collecting unwanted prescription medications today at State Police Posts across Kentucky. The Kentucky State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency are working together on the effort, which is designed to help reduce prescription abuse .

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2012 General Assembly
4:53 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Prescription Pill Bill

Rep. Rick Rand, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, and Representative Rocky Adkins

The Associated Press is reporting that Kentucky lawmakers have passed a measure that's intended to curb prescription drug abuse in the state.  A compromise passed by the Senate and House would require all physicians in the state to use a prescription drug monitoring system so addicts seeking painkillers can be more easily identified.

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Prescription Compromise Altered
3:14 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Return of the Original Rx Pill Bill Starts New Fight

Lawmakers Discuss Prescription Medication Bill

A change to the so-called pill bill in Frankfort has restarted the fight over the measure in the General Assembly. Prescription abuse is rampant in Kentucky, and the bill strengthens restrictions on the drugs and who can sell them.The measure didn't clear the General Assembly during this year's regular session, and lawmakers have been called in for a special session to reconsider the legislation.

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Time Running out in General Assembly
7:47 am
Sat April 7, 2012

Supporters of Prescription Drug Abuse Bill Say There's Still Time for Passage

House Speaker Greg Stumbo

Governor Steve Beshear and a bi-partisan group of  lawmakers are urging members of the General Assembly to approve the Prescription Drug Abuse Bill known as HB 4.  The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who says the bill was developed with the cooperation of healthcare professionals and law enforcement.  Only one day remains in the legislative session.

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7:45 am
Wed February 1, 2012

First Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit to be Held Today

Leaders from the fields of law enforcement, education, and medicine will meet today in Lexington, for the first Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Kentucky. The issue has become a very serious concern across the state, as the number of people dying from prescription overdoses has increased. In fact, more people now die in Kentucky from prescription overdoses than are killed on the state's highways each year.

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