Senate moves forward with prescription abuse law
Two weeks after the House approved legislation to control prescription drug abuse in Kentucky, the Senate has passed the bill--with some changes. Republican Sen. Tom Jensen of London, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proposed the bill by Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg in the Senate Wednesday.
The proposal moves the state's prescription drug monitoring program, known as KASPER, from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the attorney general's office. It requires pharmacists, but not doctors, to record prescription information and allows that information to be shared with police, physicians, pharmacists and federal authorities in Kentucky, and by agreement, with other states. The bill requires that pain clinics be owned by licensed physicians.