August 21, 2014

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One year later, landmark prescription drug bill shows huge impact

Overdose deaths are down; numbers of prescriptions for commonly abused drugs have dropped; 20 pain clinics shut down since House Bill 1 took effect

One year after landmark legislation aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse took effect, Governor Steve Beshear credited the bill with closing non-compliant pain management clinics and reducing the number of prescriptions for heavily-abused controlled substances.

Plus, for the first time in a decade, the number of deaths blamed on prescription overdoses has declined.