Prescription Drug Abuse Bill Wins Final Passage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A compromise passed by the House and Senate would require all physicians in the state to use a prescription drug monitoring system so they can more readily spot addicts seeking painkillers.

The measure passed the House 68-19 and the Senate 26-11 on Friday, just before lawmakers concluded a five-day special legislative session.

The House had pressed to give the attorney general control of the monitoring system so investigators could more easily identify and arrest unscrupulous doctors who overprescribe painkillers. In a compromise, that system was left in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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