Prescription Drug Bill Goes Back to State House

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Drug and health experts say that prescription drug abuse and inadvertant poisonings are growing largely based on the ease of access of pills.

Drug and health experts say that prescription drug abuse and inadvertant poisonings are growing largely based on the ease of access of pills.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky attorney general's staff would have restricted access to electronic prescription drug monitoring under a House bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.

The bill has been sent to the House Rules Committee and may go to a conference to work out differences between House and Senate versions.

The bill, by Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg would give prosecutors access to prescription information under the state's prescription drug monitoring program, known as KASPER.

The key provision is that KASPER be moved from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to the attorney general's office.

On Wednesday Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, said having it in the cabinet hasn't worked. His changes include "gatekeeper provisions" to alleviate doctors' fear of "free for all" investigations.

The legislation is House Bill 4.


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