Stumbo expects legislation to stop pill mills

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo wants to stop "pill mills."
He says the upcoming legislature session will include a comprehensive drug bill to crackdown on doctors who over-prescribe.

"Today the hot issue on the war on drugs is pill mills," Stumbo said.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) told the UNITE Pike Coalition he believes "pill mills' are putting thousands of illegal pills into addicts hands.
"If we can't stop our own doctors within our borders who are over-prescribing schedule narcotics, then we cannot win this war," said Stumbo.

Stumbo says in the upcoming session, they will consider new legislation to fight the war on drugs.

"I think it's going to be one of the highlights of the next session is a comprehensive drug bill," he said.

He says the drug bill will include a measure to use the KASPER system to determine which doctors are over-prescribing pain pills.
"I think you're maybe going to see an effort to move KASPER into a law enforcement agency," he said.

Police could then investigate those doctors and possibly shut them down.
"Would probably change the way that we can fight the drug war which would be very successful," said Pike County Sheriff Charles Keesee.

Stumbo believes it will take 20 years to combat the drug problem.

"We can't incarcerate ourselves out of this problem as a society. It's going to take a long term treatment. It's going to take a long term education process for our young people, and there needs to be dedicated monies for that," he said.

Stumbo says the state Medical Licensure Board has started using KASPER to open investigations against doctors they think are over-prescribing pills.

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