Governor Beshear talked face to face with Florida Governor Rick Scott about the Florida Pill Pipeline and asked him to implement a prescription pill monitoring system.
Governor Steve Beshear says his main objective at the National Governor's Association Conference in Washington D.C. this past weekend was to talk to Florida Governor Rick Scott about implementing a prescription pill monitoring system similar to KASPER.
"I sat down and explained just how important this was. Apparently, they're losing the lives of people from Florida every day, and of course we're losing the lives of a lot of our friends and family right here in Kentucky over the abuse of prescription drugs,” Governor Beshear said.
But Beshear says he could not convince Governor Scott.
“I'm very disappointed so far in his reaction. He said he understood the problem but he just didn't really want to have people's records online like that,” Governor Beshear said.
He says Scott is concerned about medical privacy issues.
Governor Beshear says this issue is crossing party lines. He says governors from other states are also talking to the Florida governor.
“The governors of Tennessee and Ohio are republican. They know how great this system is. They're concerned about it too, and I'm just hopeful we can bring enough pressure and common sense to bear in Florida to get this done,” Governor Beshear said.
Beshear says he might visit Florida to talk to the Florida legislature.
White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske is also talking to the Florida governor about implementing a prescription pill monitoring program.