Bill Fighting Internet Prescription Drug Deals Is Introduced

By: Danielle MOrgan Email
By: Danielle MOrgan Email

More than one million dollars in internet drugs have been seized by the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation since new laws were enacted more than one and a half years ago.

Officials say those drugs were headed to Kentucky.

Now a new bill is being introduced to help police go after those making internet prescription drug deals.

With every new case, Operation UNITE Diversion Detective Paul Miles, says he sees a need for stronger laws for internet pharmacy prescriptions.

"I would say anything from 98 percent would have internet ties to it," Miles said.

As he checks suspected doctor shoppers on Kentucky's electronic reporting system, KASPER, Miles says he finds shoppers are going online as well.

"It seems like every 5th or 6th KASPER you find a new pharmacy. We're finding them from Florida, through New York through Georgia," Miles said.

It's those reasons that Kentucky leaders hope a new stronger bill will pass in legislation.

Captain Joe williams says the goal is to close those loopholes.

"The law will require among other things a medical exam, a face to face examination with a physician to eliminate the common practice of face online exams," Sttorney General Greg Stumbo said.

Stumbo says the new law will hold drug recipients accountable, something he says the current law fails to do.

Stumbo also says the new law will also ensure that rogue pharmacies are brought to justice.


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