prescription drug abuse http://wkms.org en Drug Round-Up Set For Saturday http://wkms.org/post/drug-round-set-saturday <p></p><p>Kentucky authorities are urging people to participate in a prescription drug roundup aimed at curbing addiction to pills commonly found in family medicine cabinets.</p><p>Attorney General Jack Conway says more than 70 collection sites have been designated across the state on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:07:03 +0000 The Associated Press 36031 at http://wkms.org Drug Round-Up Set For Saturday TN Drug Law In Effect This Month http://wkms.org/post/tn-drug-law-effect-month <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning this month, prescriptions for </span>opioid<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pain medicines and </span>benzodiazepine<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> medicines may not be dispensed in Tennessee in quantities that exceed a 30-day supply.</span></p><p>The new limits apply to pharmacies, dispensaries and mail-order programs located outside the state. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:44:19 +0000 The Associated Press 35683 at http://wkms.org TN Drug Law In Effect This Month KY Students Urged To Spread Message About Drug Abuse http://wkms.org/post/ky-students-urged-spread-message-about-drug-abuse <p></p><p>Kentucky students are being recruited to spread the message about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.</p><p>State Attorney General Jack Conway announced yesterday the start of a public service announcement contest for middle and high school students. &nbsp;As part of the competition, Kentucky students will produce a 30-second video showing the perils of prescription drug abuse. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:24:08 +0000 The Associated Press 35541 at http://wkms.org KY Students Urged To Spread Message About Drug Abuse 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 Tennessee Doctors to Check Patient History When Prescribing Painkillers http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-doctors-check-patient-history-when-prescribing-painkillers <p></p><p>Beginning today Tennessee doctors prescribing painkillers and other controlled substances are required to check their patients' prescription history to prevent abuse and doctor shopping.</p><p>The new requirement signed into law last year put doctors on the front line of Tennessee's battle with some of the nation's highest prescription drug abuse rates. The state's Controlled Substance Monitoring Database has been around since 2006 and now clinicians prescribing any opioid or benzodiazepine are required to check that database first. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:18:35 +0000 Chad Lampe & The Associated Press 29988 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Doctors to Check Patient History When Prescribing Painkillers TN Puts Tighter Controls on Prescription Drugs http://wkms.org/post/tn-puts-tighter-controls-prescription-drugs <p></p><p>Tennessee officials hope a new law requiring doctors to check a database before prescribing certain drugs will help curb addiction and prevent deaths. The state's controlled substances monitoring database has been around for several years, but its use has not been mandatory. Starting Jan. 1, doctors and others who prescribe drugs must register with the database. They will have to start checking it every time they prescribe certain powerful drugs, with limited exceptions starting April 1. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:48:27 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 25975 at http://wkms.org TN Puts Tighter Controls on Prescription Drugs Generic Painkillers Pose Threat in Addiction Fight http://wkms.org/post/generic-painkillers-pose-threat-addiction-fight <p></p><p>Kentucky officials say curtailing prescription-pill abuse will suffer a major setback if a wave of generic painkillers reaches the market without safeguards. OxyContin and Opana ER patents are set to expire next year allowing for generic versions of the powerful drugs. The brand-name painkillers were popular sources for abusers until tamper-resistant formulas were added. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:18:51 +0000 The Associated Press & Whitney Jones 25771 at http://wkms.org Generic Painkillers Pose Threat in Addiction Fight IL Joins Network to Track Prescription Drug Abuse http://wkms.org/post/il-joins-network-track-prescription-drug-abuse <p></p><p>An Illinois medicine-monitoring program joins a national data-sharing network to further prevent prescription drug abuse. The Department of Human Services is linking its prescription monitoring program to a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy network. By joining the national network, Human Services will be able to better identify people who have been issued multiple prescriptions across state lines. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:36:11 +0000 The Associated Press & Whitney Jones 25252 at http://wkms.org IL Joins Network to Track Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription Drug Abuse Law Facing Criticism http://wkms.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-law-facing-criticism <p></p><p>While Governor Steve Beshear is touting Kentucky’s new prescription drug abuse law, critics complain that the law's negative effects are being ignored. House Bill 1 requires doctors to meet stringent medical standards before prescribing controlled substances and mandates use of the KASPER drug tracking system. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:50:45 +0000 WKMS & The Courier-Journal 24393 at http://wkms.org Prescription Drug Abuse Law Facing Criticism Kentucky Joins Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaigns http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-joins-prescription-drug-abuse-prevention-campaigns <p>Several states hard hit by prescription drug abuse will work together to develop strategies to combat what authorities say is an ever-growing problem. Kentucky will join Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia in the initiative.</p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:48:41 +0000 The Associated Press 22382 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Joins Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaigns