FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two weeks after the House approved
legislation to control prescription drug abuse in Kentucky, the
Senate has passed the bill with some changes.
Republican Sen. Tom Jensen of London, chairman of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, proposed the bill by Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg in the Senate Wednesday.
The proposal moves the state's prescription drug monitoring
program, known as KASPER, from the Cabinet for Health and Family
Services to the attorney general's office. It requires pharmacists,
but not doctors, to record prescription information and allows that
information to be shared with police, physicians, pharmacists and
federal authorities in Kentucky, and by agreement, with other
The bill requires that pain clinics be owned by licensed
The legislation is House Bill 4.
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