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Conway, Fla. AG say tighter regs needed on pills

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is
calling for closer monitoring and tighter registration for doctors
who prescribe painkillers.

Conway, speaking Thursday in Lexington at a conference on
prescription drug abuse, said one way to stop people from crossing
state lines to obtain prescription painkillers illegally is for
states to share information about how often the pills are
prescribed.

Conway spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said
Florida has seen a significant drop in the number of pain clinics
since passing legislation tightening the requirements for
prescribing painkillers.

Bondi said the number of pain clinics in Florida has fallen from
943 before the legislation passed last year to 518 today.

Law enforcement officials have said up to 60 percent of
Kentucky's illicit pills may come from Florida.
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