pill mill http://wkms.org en Conway: Decision on Governor's Race Will Be Made by Spring http://wkms.org/post/conway-decision-governors-race-will-be-made-spring <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's Attorney General continues to say he's strongly considering a run for governor.</span></p><p>Democrat Jack Conway was in south-central Kentucky Wednesday, addressing students and civic groups about issues including the state's prescription drug abuse problems.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:27:17 +0000 Kevin Willis 36176 at http://wkms.org Conway: Decision on Governor's Race Will Be Made by Spring Less Prescription Abuse Among KY Teens http://wkms.org/post/less-prescription-abuse-among-ky-teens <p></p><p>A new study has found a dramatic drop in the number of teens abusing prescription drugs.</p><p>The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal reported on results of the 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey released Friday.</p><p>It found that since 2008, prescription drug abuse dropped from 15.2% to 9% among high school seniors and from 6.5% to 2.9% among eighth graders. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:45:32 +0000 The Associated Press 35508 at http://wkms.org Less Prescription Abuse Among KY Teens Beshear Signs Pill Mill Fix Legislation http://wkms.org/post/beshear-signs-pill-mill-fix-legislation <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear signed on Tuesday legislation&nbsp;aimed at "fixing" 2012's crackdown on pill mills.</p><p>The so-called pill mill fix bill, House Bill 217, exempts hospitals and long term care facilities from constantly running prescribing reports on patients in their care.</p><p>But supporters of the bill, including House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Senate President Robert Stivers and Beshear&nbsp;said the new legislation doesn't weaken the 2012 efforts to tackle pill mills—pain clinics that abuse their prescription-writing authority for people seeking pain medication for recreational use.</p><p><em>"But as with most major reforms efforts, the implementation of House Bill 1 demonstrated a few imperfections that needed to be fixed," Beshear said. "House Bill 217 makes those fixes, without reducing the impact of the original legislation."</em> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:57:29 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28893 at http://wkms.org Beshear Signs Pill Mill Fix Legislation Senate Committee Advances Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Legislation http://wkms.org/post/senate-committee-advances-fix-2012-pill-mill-legislation <p></p><p>A bill addressing issues with 2012's pill mill bill has cleared a state Senate committee, less than a day after it cleared the full House. The bill calls off&nbsp;some regulations of the 2012 House Bill 1, which cracked down on prescription pain clinics and abuse. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:14:32 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28686 at http://wkms.org Senate Committee Advances Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Legislation Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee http://wkms.org/post/legislative-fix-2012-pill-mill-bill-passes-house-judiciary-committee <p></p><p>A bill addressing problems with last year's prescription pill mill bill has cleared the House Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring the bill, which reduces some tough regulations that followed the pill mill bill. &nbsp;The legislation, House Bill 217,&nbsp;requires hospitals and long term care facilities to still pull KASPER reports, but lessens other regulations on them. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:59:42 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28523 at http://wkms.org Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee Conway Ready to Rework HB-1 http://wkms.org/post/conway-ready-rework-hb-1 <p>Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says it may be time for lawmakers to take a second look at a tough prescription pill bill that passed earlier this year. Conway was a leading advocate of House Bill 1, which requires doctors to use the KASPER pill tracking system. But the Kentucky Medical Association has long opposed HB1. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:25:12 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 21067 at http://wkms.org Conway Ready to Rework HB-1 Afternoon Round-Up 4/24/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-42412 <p><strong>Today on NPR: </strong>Missouri teen Maura Pozek has gotten a reputation for the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/24/151295590/cardboard-prom-dress-is-just-the-right-fit-for-this-young-woman">unusual dresses</a> she makes. Her first material was Doritos bags. Then it was soda can tabs. This year, she says, &quot;I had to top myself somehow.&quot;</p><p><strong>Frankfort:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:34:09 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 17745 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 4/24/12 House Approves Road Plan, Pill Bill http://wkms.org/post/house-approves-road-plan-pill-bill <p><font>The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed both bills on its agenda for this year&rsquo;s special session.<br /><br /> House lawmakers approved both the road plan funding bill and a measure to crack down on prescription pill abuse today by wide margins.<br /><br /> The more contentious of the two bills was the prescription pill legislation. The House and Senate reached a compromise at the end of the regular session, but the House chose to introduce the original and tougher form for the special session.<br /> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:59:20 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17681 at http://wkms.org House Approves Road Plan, Pill Bill For Some, Changes to "Pill Bill" Hard to Swallow http://wkms.org/post/some-changes-pill-bill-hard-swallow <p><font size="2">A change to the so-called pill bill in Frankfort has restarted the fight over the measure in the General Assembly.<br /><br /> Prescription abuse is rampant in Kentucky, and the bill strengthens restrictions on the drugs and who can sell them. The measure didn&#39;t clear the General Assembly during this year&#39;s regular session, and lawmakers have been called in for a special session to reconsider the legislation.<br /> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:12:56 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17666 at http://wkms.org For Some, Changes to "Pill Bill" Hard to Swallow Drug Bills Near Passage http://wkms.org/post/drug-bills-near-passage <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">State lawmakers have approved two major pieces of legislation dealing with drug abuse in Kentucky.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">House Bill 4 tightens regulations on prescription pills. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:53:31 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17438 at http://wkms.org Drug Bills Near Passage