By RONNIE ELLIS
Since Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill to crack down on prescription pain pill abuse, 10 pain management clinics have closed and the numbers of prescriptions issued for the most commonly abused drugs have declined.
Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement Tuesday in the midst of a growing course of complaints about the bill by physicians and patients who say legitimate users of the drugs have faced increased scrutiny and expenses because of the new law.
“We knew this would have an immediate impact on thwarting the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs in our state, and the statistics over the last few months are already showing results,” Beshear said in a statement released by his press office.
House Bill 1, sponsored by Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and passed in a special legislative session, requires pain management clinics to be owned by licensed physicians and required prescribers of the drugs to register with the state’s electronic drug tracking system, KASPER. Prescribers are also required to check KASPER for a patient’s prior drug history and report prescriptions issued to them.
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