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.
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.
The Kentucky House has tentatively scheduled floor votes today on a transportation budget and a prescription drug abuse bill. Both measures passed out of House committees yesterday. Once the House has finished, the Senate will review the measures intended to appropriate money for road construction projects and to curb overdose deaths from widespread prescription drug abuse in the state. Lawmakers have been meeting in special legislative session since Monday at a cost of more than $60,000 a day.
A change to the so-called pill bill in Frankfort has restarted the fight over the measure in the General Assembly.
Prescription abuse is rampant in Kentucky, and the bill strengthens restrictions on the drugs and who can sell them. The measure didn't clear the General Assembly during this year's regular session, and lawmakers have been called in for a special session to reconsider the legislation.
The House has decided to return the bill to its original form and ignore the last-minute compromise that was left on the table at the end of the regular session.