Critics says prescription drug law has negatives

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear recently touted the success of a new law that cracks down on prescription drug abuse. But critics of the law complain those claims are overblown and the law's negative effects are being ignored.

Gregory Hood is governor of the Kentucky chapter of the American College of Physicians. He told The Courier-Journal ( the law has prompted some practices to require eight-page written agreements with patients. He also said the number of administrative tasks and follow-up visits required by the law prevent doctors from treating other patients.

But Robert Hughes, a family practice physician in Murray, said the extra paperwork is worth it if it helps save lives.

He also refuted claims that the law was preventing some legitimate patients from getting the pain drugs they need.

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