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Conway Touts KY Drug Reforms

Jan 16, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is telling political leaders from across the nation the Commonwealth is making progress curbing a prescription drug abuse epidemic.

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After years of struggling to combat the abuse of Oxycontin Kentucky officials are getting a chance to pursue the drug's maker in a state court lawsuit.

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Kentucky State Police officials say they’ve seen an all-time high of meth labs in the past two years. So far in 2012, police have seized more than 1,200 labs.

Welfare Drug Testing Passes Tennessee Senate

Apr 26, 2012

A measure requiring Tennessee welfare recipients to go through drug testing passed the state Senate yesterday. The legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, the applicant would be drug tested. The proposal differs from an original version that would have required blanket testing, which Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. says is unconstitutional. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Finance Committee.

Tennessee Welfare Recipient Drug Test Bill Advances

Apr 24, 2012
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A proposal to drug test people as a condition for receiving welfare is advancing in the Tennessee House.  The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Julia Hurley was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Subcommittee Monday. The companion bill is awaiting a Senate floor vote.  The proposal differs from original legislation the state attorney general said was constitutionally suspect.

Drug Abuse in KY Mines

Apr 13, 2012

Prescription drug abuse is an ongoing problem in Kentucky’s mines but recent steps taken by the state legislature are helping get control of it. That’s what a member of the state mine safety review commission told the senate judiciary committee this week. Paducah attorney Duncan Pitchford says miners in the western Kentucky coalfields are also struggling with methamphetamine addictions.

Top Kentucky health leaders and lawmakers trying to end multistate prescription drug trafficking and abuse are meeting in Florida this week.  The National R-X Drug Abuse Summit runs from tomorrow until Thursday in Orlando.  The event is organized by the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group Operation UNITE.  It will feature remarks by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and U.S. “Drug Czar” R.

Gov. Beshear Joins Supporters of Drug Bill

Apr 6, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear has joined a bipartisan group of state leaders to push for passage of a bill to curb prescription drug abuse. Lawmakers return to Frankfort next Thursday for the final day of the legislative session. Beshear said that gives lawmakers ample time to pass the bill. The legislation would put the attorney general's office in charge of the state's prescription monitoring system, known as KASPER, that can identify doctors who over prescribe painkillers.

Afternoon Round-Up 4/05/12

Apr 5, 2012
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Today on NPR: Critics say the NYPD's aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics amount to widespread racial profiling, but supporters counter that it's one reason the city's crime rate is as low as it is. Now, with the city's stop-and-frisk numbers reaching record highs, state lawmakers are pushing to rein the practice in.

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Hopkinsville Men Convicted for Pill Trafficking

Apr 5, 2012
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Two Hopkinsville men will serve prison time for trafficking prescription drugs from Florida to Kentucky. Circuit Judge Andrew Self sentenced 24-year-old Cary Alder and 26-year-old Scotty Highsmith to ten and fifteen years respectively. The two men are suspected of transporting more than 3,000 Oxycodone pills by mail.  27-year-old Peter Nibert of Pasco County, Florida was also convicted in connection to the case.

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