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Governor ready to fight prescription drug abuse

Governor Steve Beshear is set to speak Monday about new bills in the works aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse.

Governor Steve Beshear's most recent talk was at Wednesday's Prescription Drug Abuse Summit. He'll address the issue at the Capitol again Monday.

"There's no doubt that here in Kentucky and in this nation we have a problem. And it's literally killing our people," said the governor, a man now supporting recent legislation combating the issue of prescription drug abuse, "I shudder at the impact of this prescription drug abuse problem. This is a corrosive evil and we have to stop it."

Studies show an average of 80 Kentuckians a month die from overdoses. Monday, Governor Beshear is meeting with law makers, law enforcers and medical professionals to show a united front in the fight against prescription abuse.

"A police crackdown is not enough by itself and I think we've all learned that over the years. It's certainly a part of the solution, but it's not the only solution. It can't be solved by law enforcement alone."

The governor is supporting a bill House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently filed, one aimed at making it easier for police to catch abusers. If the bill is passed, it would require anyone prescribing pills to register with KASPER, the state's online registration program, and police would have access to it. The bill would also require licensed doctors to run pain clinics.

Also attending the conference with Governor Beshear Monday are Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramsom, Attorney General Jack Conway, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senator Robert Stivers.

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