Ky., Ohio, Tenn. and W.Va. join forces to fight prescription-drug abuse amid questions about use of Ky. system

Kentucky has formed a partnership with Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia to help fight prescription drug abuse, “even as questions linger over how well the state has used its own electronic monitoring resources,” reports Mike Wynn of The Courier-Journal.
The Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force will comprise about 30 experts from law enforcement and drug agencies. They are charged to come up with ways to lessen prescription drug abuse and sales. “We do a good job from a law enforcement standpoint, but by working together, we can better identify prescribers, dispensers and patients who are exploiting our borders,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in announcing the task force Wednesday.
Task force members will share drug information the state collects on who receives and prescribes certain medications. Kentucky’s system is known as KASPER, short for Kentucky’s All Schedule Prescription Electronic Recording system. How well the data compiled by the system are being used came into question last week when House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg, pressed the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to explain why it wasn’t analyzing the numbers, which it had asked for permission to obtain, Wynn notes.
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