Panel passes House speaker's 'pill mill' bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposal by House Speaker Greg Stumbo to battle the problem of addictive pain medicines prescribed by unscrupulous clinics known as "pill mills" has overwhelmingly passed the House Judiciary Committee.

All but one member of the panel voted to approve it on Wednesday.

The bill by Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat, would move the KASPER prescription drug-monitoring program from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the attorney general's office and require that the attorney general, state police and medical licensure board share KASPER information.

It also would require that pain clinics be owned by physicians or nurse practitioners and that those who prescribe strong painkillers like OxyContin and hydrocodone register with KASPER.

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The legislation is House Bill 4.

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