Governor Steve Beshear and a bi-partisan group of lawmakers are urging members of the General Assembly to approve the Prescription Drug Abuse Bill known as HB 4. The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who says the bill was developed with the cooperation of healthcare professionals and law enforcement. Only one day remains in the legislative session.
Leaders from the fields of law enforcement, education, and medicine will meet today in Lexington, for the first Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Kentucky. The issue has become a very serious concern across the state, as the number of people dying from prescription overdoses has increased. In fact, more people now die in Kentucky from prescription overdoses than are killed on the state's highways each year.