prescription drug abuse

3:50 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Christian County Attorney Appeals to Lawmakers for Higher Staffing to Combat Drug Abuse

Christian County Attorney Mike Foster receiving his award for 2014 Outstanding County Attorney
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

The annual Kentucky Prosecutors Conference wrapped up today in Lexington. 

The conference allowed prosecutors to share ideas with lawmakers on how to combat the Commonwealth’s prevalent legal issues, such as a juvenile crime rate brought upon by an explosion in synthetic drug abuse.

Christian County Attorney Mike Foster appealed for increased personnel funding. 

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7:07 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Drug Round-Up Set For Saturday


Kentucky authorities are urging people to participate in a prescription drug roundup aimed at curbing addiction to pills commonly found in family medicine cabinets.

Attorney General Jack Conway says more than 70 collection sites have been designated across the state on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

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6:44 am
Mon October 14, 2013

TN Drug Law In Effect This Month

Beginning this month, prescriptions for opioid pain medicines and benzodiazepine medicines may not be dispensed in Tennessee in quantities that exceed a 30-day supply.

The new limits apply to pharmacies, dispensaries and mail-order programs located outside the state.

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Drug Education
7:24 am
Tue October 8, 2013

KY Students Urged To Spread Message About Drug Abuse


Kentucky students are being recruited to spread the message about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

State Attorney General Jack Conway announced yesterday the start of a public service announcement contest for middle and high school students.  As part of the competition, Kentucky students will produce a 30-second video showing the perils of prescription drug abuse.

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Drug Use
6:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Less Prescription Abuse Among KY Teens

A new study has found a dramatic drop in the number of teens abusing prescription drugs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal reported on results of the 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey released Friday.

It found that since 2008, prescription drug abuse dropped from 15.2% to 9% among high school seniors and from 6.5% to 2.9% among eighth graders.

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Health Care
7:18 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Tennessee Doctors to Check Patient History When Prescribing Painkillers


Beginning today Tennessee doctors prescribing painkillers and other controlled substances are required to check their patients' prescription history to prevent abuse and doctor shopping.

The new requirement signed into law last year put doctors on the front line of Tennessee's battle with some of the nation's highest prescription drug abuse rates. The state's Controlled Substance Monitoring Database has been around since 2006 and now clinicians prescribing any opioid or benzodiazepine are required to check that database first.

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Health Care
6:48 am
Fri December 21, 2012

TN Puts Tighter Controls on Prescription Drugs


Tennessee officials hope a new law requiring doctors to check a database before prescribing certain drugs will help curb addiction and prevent deaths. The state's controlled substances monitoring database has been around for several years, but its use has not been mandatory. Starting Jan. 1, doctors and others who prescribe drugs must register with the database. They will have to start checking it every time they prescribe certain powerful drugs, with limited exceptions starting April 1.

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8:18 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Generic Painkillers Pose Threat in Addiction Fight


Kentucky officials say curtailing prescription-pill abuse will suffer a major setback if a wave of generic painkillers reaches the market without safeguards. OxyContin and Opana ER patents are set to expire next year allowing for generic versions of the powerful drugs. The brand-name painkillers were popular sources for abusers until tamper-resistant formulas were added.

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8:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

IL Joins Network to Track Prescription Drug Abuse


An Illinois medicine-monitoring program joins a national data-sharing network to further prevent prescription drug abuse. The Department of Human Services is linking its prescription monitoring program to a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy network. By joining the national network, Human Services will be able to better identify people who have been issued multiple prescriptions across state lines.

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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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