Herald-Leader endorses Sen. Higdon’s pill-mill legislation

A pre-filed bill that would require background checks for people planning to open pain clinics, prohibit convicted felons from running them, and require that a physician in such a clinic own part of it, is a step in the right direction in fighting against pill mills, the Lexington Herald-Leader says in an editorial.

The bill has been pre-filed by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, right. “There are things that can, and should be done legislatively in the short-term to make it harder for pill pushers to stay in business in Kentucky and, therefore, limit access to prescription pain pills for people who aren’t in medical need of them,” the editorial says, referring to a recent survey showing nearly a third of Kentucky adults know a friend or family member who have abused pain medicine. In Eastern Kentucky, 43.2 percent of respondents said “yes” when asked the question. in the Lexington area, it was 39.4 percent. Western Kentucky had the lowest number at 19.7 percent.

“Surprised? Perhaps not,” the editorial reads. “Alarmed? Absolutely.” (Read more)
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