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Senate Week In Review: 4/13/2012


Prescription Drugs

FRANKFORT – Last night, the 2012 60-day Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly came to a close. In the evening hours before sine die, we put a final stamp of approval on a six-year road plan that includes the Louisville bridges project and many other projects across the State. A separate bill actually funding those projects, however, was not passed before our midnight deadline.

The Governor has called an extraordinary session for Monday, April 16 to address that issue, as well as another priority still unfinished at the close of the regular session’s 60th day: Prescription drug abuse.

Thousands of Kentuckians and their families are devastated by the scourge of pain pill addiction each year. So-called ‘pill mills,’ the shady pain-management ‘clinics’ known for providing a seemingly endless supply of potent narcotics to virtually anyone who asks as long as they will pay, are fueling the devastation.

It is obvious that legislation to regulate those facilities and monitor the prescription and distribution of narcotics is needed. The question is, what is the best way to do that?

To learn more about the Kentucky General Assembly and the work of the 2012 Regular Session, visit our home page, www.lrc.ky.gov.

You can also call 1-800-633-9650 for a taped message containing information on legislative committee meetings.

To check the status of a bill, you may call the toll-free Bill Status Line at 1-866-840-2835.

To leave a message for me, or any legislator, call the General Assembly’s toll-free Message Line at 1-800-372-7181.

People who prefer to offer their feedback in Spanish can call the General Assembly’s Spanish Line at 1-866-840-6574.

You may also e-mail me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Senator Harper Angel represents the 35th Senate District in Jefferson County.

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