Beshear Signs Prescription Pill Bill Into Law
(Frankfort, Ky.) – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says a new law will help stop prescription drug abuse.
House Bill 1 is equipped with various provisions to curb the state’s pill problem. The bill passed the state legislature after the governor demanded lawmakers return for a special session last week when they failed to approve it during the regular session that ended April 12.
During a bill signing ceremony Tuesday, the governor said it is a critical bill for the health and safety of Kentucky residents.
“This bill is a huge accomplishment that will save Kentuckians’ lives as we battle the scourge of prescription drug abuse, and I applaud the legislature for their bipartisan cooperation in passing this legislation,” Beshear said. “We know the terrifying statistics about how many Kentuckians are affected by prescription drug abuse, but even more unsettling, many of us know someone personally who is battling prescription addiction. House Bill 1 couldn’t get to my desk quickly enough.”
The new law includes several aggressive measures. It will expand KASPER, the state’s prescription monitoring system by requiring all providers to register.
Pain management clinics will be required to be owned by a licensed medical practitioner. The state’s medical licensure board must also investigate prescribing complaints immediately.
HB 1 allows for better coordination between health regulators and law enforcement.
“Now it’s up to the medical community and law enforcement to put this new tool to its best use. My hope is that, a year from now, we will see that this legislation has truly saved lives and turned many others around,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg), the bill’s sponsor.