Some medical officials from Eastern Kentucky are learning what they can do to help stop the drug epidemic in the area. Operation UNITE held a meeting in Prestonsburg where the officials learned more about addiction and what they can do to not become part of the problem.
The main focus was on prescription monitoring programs, which helps physicians monitor the amount of prescriptions a patient is given over time.
"One of the best benefits is the the doctors actually know ahead of time if it's fine and safe to prescribe because they can tell by the history whether the person's getting drugs from other doctors they don't know about," said John Eadie, the Director of Prescription Drug Monitoring for Brandeis University.
The main monitoring program used in this area is called KASPER, or Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting.