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An anti-drug organization has collected a ton of unwanted prescription drugs using drop boxes throughout Kentucky.

Operation UNITE collected the medications in 34 counties last weekend as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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.

A bill requiring Kentucky Medicaid managed care operators publish a list of prescriptions and reimbursement prices on Wednesday passed a state Senate committee, following prodding from  independent pharmacists asking for access to pricing standards before they fill prescriptions.

The group of independent pharmacists told lawmakers that they are still having trouble with reimbursements from the state's Medicaid managed care operators. And they said they were also still being dramatically undercut on prescription reimbursements when they did receive them.

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State officials and local police promise to be watchful tomorrow for acts of voter fraud.  Over the years, votes have been bought in Kentucky with the promise of cash, favors and liquor.  More recently, prescription pills may have been used as currency.  But, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway believes such voting buying is rare.

A former Kentucky governor believes physicians have helped fuel the state’s problem with prescription drug abuse by over-prescribing medications.