BOWLING GREEN, KY (4/13/12) – The Kentucky Narcotic Officers’ Association represents over 350 law enforcement officers and many prosecutors involved in drug and narcotic law enforcement across Kentucky.
We are disappointed that the Kentucky General Assembly failed to pass House Bill 4 (HB 4), which addresses many aspects of prescription drug abuse in Kentucky. The problems involving the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs in our state are well documented. This epidemic is killing 82 Kentuckians each month. Drug overdose deaths now exceed the number of deaths from automobile accidents in the Commonwealth.
We understand this issue cannot be solved by law enforcement alone. It requires the medical community to become thoroughly engaged. HB 4 would require prescribers to actually utilize the KASPER system, which is touted as the gold standard across the country. Presently only 28% of Kentucky’s physicians are even signed up to use this system. This one step could stop most “doctor shoppers” from obtaining prescription after prescription and allow our doctors and other prescribers to become a more active part of the solution.
The worst abuses we see are from the so called “pill mills”. HB 4 would address those by requiring all pain clinics to be owned by physicians with expertise in pain management, and that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure promulgate regulations for the prescriber’s use of KASPER along with model standards for prescribing pain medications.
We strongly urge the General Assembly to pass HB 4 as it is an urgently needed tool in curtailing this epidemic and the devastation it brings to the Commonwealth of Kentucky each day.
Information provided by Tommy Loving
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