Governor Beshear calls for coordinated effort on drug abuse

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Behear and other state leaders
are pressing for a coordinated effort to battle prescription abuse
that is blamed for an estimated 82 overdose deaths per month in

Beshear was joined at a news conference Monday by Attorney
General Jack Conway, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers II to push for legislation aimed at
"battling the scourge" of prescription abuse, saying it should be
a top priority for the legislative session.

They highlighted two bills in particular. One would require all
Kentucky physicians to use the state's prescription monitoring
system, known as KASPER, and another would require all pain
management clinics in the state to be owned by physicians.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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