Updated Thu, Oct 6, 2011 11:08 am
Gov. Steve Beshear is pushing a proposal to hold unscrupulous physicians and other medical professionals accountable for overprescribing the kinds of painkillers that are being widely abused in Kentucky.
Beshear told reporters in Lexington on Thursday that he wants to root out "drug dealers in white coats" who are "feeding these devastating addictions."
Beshear, a Democrat seeking re-election to a second term in the Nov. 8 election, said the anti-drug initiative would use the state's prescription monitoring program to flag suspicious prescribing habits to licensure boards for investigations that
could lead to licenses being revoked.
The plan calls for an advisory board of physicians, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists to help create guidelines to help determine when the prescription monitoring program, known as KASPER, should alert various licensure boards.