5:21 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Prescription Narcotic Abuse and Doctor Shopping Declines

David Hopkins, Manager for the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting program at the Baptist Health Symposium on Saturday.

Prescription narcotics abuse and doctor shopping to get those drugs in Kentucky continue to decline according to David Hopkins, Manager for the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting Program (KASPER). Hopkins spoke at the Baptist Health Symposium on Saturday in Paducah. 

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2:53 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Overview of the 7th Annual Addiction Symposium at Baptist Health Paducah

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Retired cardiologist and current director of outreach for Baptist Health Paducah, Dr. Patrick Withrow joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with information about the 7th Annual Addiction and Compulsive Behavior Symposium on Saturday, October 26, at the hospital, including the manager of Kentucky's KASPER drug reporting system. The target audience will be professionals who deal with these problems. See more at Baptist Health Paducah's website.

2013 KY General Assembly
11:14 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Senate Committee Advances Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Legislation

A bill addressing issues with 2012's pill mill bill has cleared a state Senate committee, less than a day after it cleared the full House. The bill calls off some regulations of the 2012 House Bill 1, which cracked down on prescription pain clinics and abuse.

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7:50 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Prescription Drug Abuse Law Facing Criticism

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.

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11:25 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Conway Ready to Rework HB-1

Attorney General Jack Conway at a prescription drug Take-Back day in Louisville
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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says it may be time for lawmakers to take a second look at a tough prescription pill bill that passed earlier this year. Conway was a leading advocate of House Bill 1, which requires doctors to use the KASPER pill tracking system. But the Kentucky Medical Association has long opposed HB1.

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3:12 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Kentucky Officials Say House Bill 1 Already Having Positive Impact

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The number of accounts registered with Kentucky’s prescription monitoring program has more than doubled since the passage of a state law requiring doctors, nurses, and dentists to use KASPER before prescribing a controlled substance. 

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Conway on KASPER
4:09 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Attorney General Comments on "Pill Mill Bill"

Attorney General Jack Conway isn’t upset the General Assembly’s so called “Pill Mill Bill” failed to place the KASPER prescription drug monitoring system with his office.

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2012 General Assembly
3:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Pill Bill Could Be Delayed Again


A bill aimed at cracking down on prescription pill abuse could be stalled once again in the Kentucky Senate.

Senate leaders say they are still reviewing the bill, which would enhance the KASPER tracking system and make it part of the Attorney General's office.

The chamber is taking an extra day to look over the bill and has scheduled a committee meeting for tomorrow, what was supposed to be the last day of the special session.

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Afternoon Update
4:31 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/06/12

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Today on NPR: Homelessness Becomes A Crime In Hungary

Kentucky Politics:

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign opens its first Kentucky office tomorrow in Louisville with an open house.

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2012 General Assembly
11:50 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Prescription Pill Bill Stalls in Legislature

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Confusion and last-minute lobbying have potentially derailed what some Kentucky lawmakers considered the hallmark of the current legislative session.

House Bill 4 is better known as the prescription pill bill. It's centerpiece is the transfer of the KASPER drug tracking system to the attorney general’s office.

Late last week, it appeared lawmakers had struck a last-minute deal to pass the bill before this week's recess. But confusion about which amended version of HB4 was up for a vote mired them in procedural minutiae.

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