Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says a recent report puts the commonwealth as the fourth most medicated state in the country. Conway appeared with three other guests on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. The discussion centered on what’s been called a pain pill epidemic across the state.
“We are losing more people to prescription pill overdoses than car accidents and you know what, we think that’s under reported because only about half of overdoses make it to the coroner, state medical examiner’s office where we get these statistics."
While the Kentucky General Assembly considers legislation aimed at reducing the state’s prescription drug epidemic, Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his message about painkillers to Washington. Conway testified Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He asked for federal help in creating a nationwide prescription monitoring system.