House passes bill to control prescription drugs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House of Representatives has
approved a proposal to control the problem of prescription drug
abuse in the state by regulating pain management facilities and
requiring physicians who prescribe Schedule II and III drugs to
check the KASPER prescription monitoring system before writing the
prescriptions.

The bill passed Thursday afternoon by a vote of 81-7.

Earlier in the day, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a
similar bill sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, a Lebanon Republican.

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat and
the main sponsor of the House bill, said he expects the House and
Senate to reach agreement on a comprehensive measure that could be "the landmark legislation" of the 2012 regular session.
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The bill is House Bill 4.

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


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