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28 - November 01, 2012 Your Hometown Newspaper , News Outlook not being truthful. We just want to make sure that they monitor their pa- tients' prescription drug history as all reputable doctors should. A survey of those who use KASPER found that a quick check - which usually takes just seconds - often helps them re-think what they prescribe. While the leg- islation's concept is clear, there has beensome con- fusion in the wake of pro- posed regulations that, it is crucial to note, were written bY physicians and not legislators. These li- censhrg boards wanted the authority to fill in the fine print to carry the law out, and we in the legisla- ture agreed because they are the experts. It is iron- ic, then, that most of the complaints I have heard from physicians are not about the law so much as the rules their own licens- ing board wrote. Fortunately, regu- / to change than law, and the licensing board is cur- rently rewriting the rules. At the same time, there is a legislative oversight committee that is study- ing what improvements the General Assembly may need to make in 2013. That was expected fTom the beginning, because most landmark laws re- quire tweLking once we see how they are being carried out. House Bill 1 is no different. Still, after seeing what we have been able to accomplish in a short period of time, I'm more convinced than ever that we are on the right path when it comes to putting a true dent in the pre- scription drug epidemic. Those who believe other- wise are, to be blunt, just wrong. Some doctors may think of it as bitter medi- cine, but as they might tell their patients: It's the only way things can get better. Photo by Cecil Lawson It may not be the zombie apocalypse, but the staff of Family Discount Drugs was getting into the act for Halloween this year, When an apple a day isn't enough,- call the Physician Referral Line Matching you to the right physician at the right time is our specialty. Call today-- the servic( Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) It has been a little more than three months since legislation I sponsored to crack down on illegal prescription drug abuse became law, but for many Kentuckians, it hopefully feels like a lifetime. I say that be- cause we are starting to see some true progress when it comes to kick- ing pill pushers out of the state for good and putting the brakes on an epidemic that claims the lives of at least three citizens a day across the commonwealth. As Governor Beshear noted recently, 10 pain clinics have closed since the law took effect in July, prescriptions for some of the most abused drugs are dropping and h' kdlJs idvesfigations are closing in on rogue doctors who prescribe recklessly. And that's just the start. If there is one thing I have learned during my time in the Capitol, how- ever, it is that this issue is always evolving. When I was Attorney General, for example, internet pharma- cies were prominent, so much so that those driving the trucks for overnight package companies would actually be followed by ad- dicts who could not wait an extra minute for a ship- ment. When we stopped that method, drug seek- ers travelled to states like Florida, where oversight was lax. As those states began putting a stop to that trend, We saw drug di7 version spike here in our own backyard. These pill mills were often easy to spot, too; you just had to look for a line of "patients" trailing outside a doctor's door. House Bill 1, which the General Assem- bly approved in April, puts a stop to that practice. It takes full advantage of what has become one of the nation's top prescrip- tion drug monitoring pro- grams - known by its ac- ronym, KASPER- and it gives law enforcement and medical licensing boards alike the information and oversight they need to find pill-pushing doctors and those who try to game the system to feed their addiction, To be successful, this effort is requiring the help of all doctors who pre- scribe medicine, because they are the gatekeepers. No program can be truly effective without having everyone on the same Crew cab, SLT package, . #I030a :: .i One owner, ready for rlc #1060 Extended cab, LS package, Z71, very nice. #10 , iI page. If we knew who the : :' bad guys were from the oneowner, Florida trade-in, beginning, we wouldn't need any laws at all, '~ , Thls legislation does not hinder proper: medical care. Doctors still have the same authority to do what they ! ically necessary, who claim otherwise are 1043 For 60 months 1801 Main St., Paris, KY Open: Mon.-Fri 8-6, Sat. 8-4 One owner, Florida tra le-in, sunroof. #962 For 66 months One owner, LT package' new tires. #1067 For 75' months Locaitrade-in, UltraView V6. #886a For 60 months #972b Local trade-in, extra clean, one owner, automatic transmission. #1044a Original sticker price $64,165. SAVE[ #1050 ' One owner, Florida trade-in, 3rd seating, leather, sunroof. #1032 For 60 n For 60 months @ 41. ,t