The Kentucky state legislature’s interim joint committee on licensing and occupations discussed prescription drug abuse last week.
Physician’s at the meeting said doctors are doing their part to curb pill abuse, but the effort requires interstate cooperation from police, pharmacists and others. Doctor Preston Nunnelly is president of the Kentucky board of medical licensure.
"It is a serious problem in Kentucky, and we've got to do something about it. I think that we're on the right track for many reasons, going into the future to be able to do this. We've got to shut down the pill mills. That's becoming more aggressive. We've got a lot of things going, and we've still got a ways to go," says Nunnelly.
Nunnelly says using national data bases to better track prescription drug purchases would aid the effort as well.