Governor Beshear urges passage of prescription drug bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has joined a bipartisan
group of state leaders to push for passage of a bill to curb
prescription drug abuse.

Lawmakers return to Frankfort next Thursday for the final day of
the legislative session. Beshear said that gives lawmakers ample
time to pass the bill.

Beshear joined several Frankfort political leaders, including
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate Floor Leader Robert Stivers, in the fresh push for the legislation that
the second-term governor said would help to eliminate a
"devastating scourge" of prescription drug abuse

The legislation would put the attorney general's office in
charge of the state's prescription monitoring system, known as
KASPER, that can identify doctors who overprescribe painkillers.
The legislation is Senate Bill 4.

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

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