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  As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances.

Almost half of all Americans take prescription painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives, according to results of a federal survey released Thursday. The prevalent use of these drugs could help explain why millions of Americans end up misusing or abusing them.

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Men who want prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medicine will have to clear some hurdles under a bill filed in the General Assembly. Louisville Democratic Representative Mary Lou Marzian says her bill is in reaction to the handful of anti-abortion measures that the legislature is currently considering. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting unused prescription medications on Saturday. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.


Western Kentucky families are saving money on medications that could cut down on health care costs long term thanks to a partnership between two organizations and local pharmacies. The United Way of Murray/Calloway County and FamilyWize provide a free prescription discount card that can be used at most pharmacies. The FamilyWize card can save families up to 75 percent on their medications.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has five appointments to make that could reshape a state medical board that’s played a controversial role in efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse.  All five of the members whose terms are up are continuing to serve until Beshear makes a decision.

Afternoon Round-Up 7/24/12

Jul 24, 2012
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Today on NPR: Now that Stanford, Harvard and other top American universities are offering free online courses, will students one day be able to get course credits and degrees online from these schools without having to pay for it? Stanford's president says his school "can see moving in that direction."

Jackson Purchase:

Conway Coming to Talk About Drugs

Apr 26, 2012

Attorney General Jack Conway will make stops in Paducah and Murray today to warn school kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. During his two terms in office, Conway has traveled throughout the state to tell children and teens about the potential consequences of abusing painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs. Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law earlier this week aimed at identifying people who go from doctor to doctor seeking excessive amounts of prescriptions.

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse.

Beshear signed the Pill Mill Bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony.

The new law isn’t as tough as some had hoped. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says changes can always be made later.

“And I would have obviously preferred something stronger, but it is a step in the right direction and if it doesn’t work we can always come back and do something to amend it later,” Stumbo says.

Afternoon Round-Up 4/19/12

Apr 19, 2012

Today on NPR: What is up with all the red pants lately?


State Legislation:

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear’s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session.