August 22, 2014

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Improvements made to prescription drug abuse bill

Flanked by a bipartisan group of legislators, Governor Steve Beshear signed into law House Bill 217, which makes some practical improvements to last year’s landmark prescription drug abuse legislation. The new law clarifies some protocols without diluting the original bill’s intent to attack the abuse of prescriptions in the Commonwealth.

“House Bill 1, which passed last year, was a remarkable and comprehensive effort to create real and substantial changes to upend prescription drug abuse, and it’s working,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Unlicensed pain management clinics have closed up shop. Prescriptions for the most addictive drugs have dropped every month since implementation. However, we recognized that a few issues needed to be worked out for the comfort of the most pain-stricken patients and for the practical needs of physicians, particularly in in-patient and long-term care settings. House Bill 217 makes those tweaks without reducing the impact of House Bill 1.”