Doctors Are Concerned About New Prescription Pill Law
Some Kentucky doctors are expressing concerns about new state regulations requiring them to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse. Dr. Gregory Hood is a Lexington internist with the Kentucky chapter of the American College of Physicians. He says the law passed earlier this year likely will mean some doctors will stop writing prescriptions for controlled substances that treat pain and anxiety. Doctors and other medical professionals will have a chance tomorrow at a hearing in Frankfort to express their concerns. The statute passed by lawmakers this year says licensing boards should police their own industry and gives them until September 1 to draft a final plan. Governor Steve Beshear has signed emergency regulations that put measures into place until then.