House Bill 1 aims to curb prescription pill problem

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

It's been two months since House Bill 1 went into effect, which is designed to curb prescription drug abuse by cracking down on "pill mills."

On Monday, members of the Knott County Drug Abuse Council joined together with community members to discuss how the legislation is impacting our region and the prescription pill epidemic.

At the meeting, KASPER officials explained to doctors, law enforcement and community members about the importance of House Bill 1.

Under that legislation, doctors and other prescribers are required to use KASPER to make sure patients are not getting pills from other doctors.

KASPER will help doctors and law enforcement catch "doctor-shoppers" much quicker than before.

Officials hope to see what kind of impact the legislation has had by the beginning of next year.

Officials say the Licensure Board is allowing leeway for prescribers, so they can familiarize themselves with the new prescription standards for controlled substances.

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