Legislation filed to crack down on pill mills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed
legislation intended to further crack down on prescription drug
abuse in a state where more people are dying from overdoses than
car crashes.

The measure filed Thursday calls for the state's prescription
monitoring program, known as KASPER, to be placed under the
jurisdiction of the attorney general's office. That program is
currently administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and
Family Services, a social services agency. The change would give
law enforcement and prosecutors quick access to key information
that could identify unscrupulous physicians.

The bill also would bar doctors charged with over-prescribing
painkillers from doling out medications. Physicians found guilty
would immediately be stripped of their licenses.

The measure also would limit prescriptions for powerful
painkillers like Oxycontin to 30-day supplies.

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

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