Ky. governor wants national painkiller tracking

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear wants to link
the 50 states' prescription drug monitoring programs to crack down
on pill mills and painkiller abuse.

Beshear told 700 attendees at a national drug summit in Orlando,
Fla., that painkiller abuse is causing misery for families and
filling the nation's jails. His state has one of the nation's worst
overdose rates with more than 1,000 Kentuckians dying annually.

He said the states have been trying to fight painkiller abuse
individually but need to work together if they are going to
succeed.

Drug dealers from Kentucky and other states often come to
Florida to buy painkillers to sell back home, but that state began
tracking sales last year and the number of pills sold has dropped.

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


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