The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has been on the front line in the fight against prescription drug abuse. Overseeing the licenses of more than 15,000 physicians, we are a key participant in protecting the independence and individual judgments of doctors, while also working to enforce regulations designed to keep doctors and patients safe.
We initiated disciplinary proceedings against those physicians who willfully overprescribe controlled substances. We developed advisory opinions on prescribing for chronic pain and partnered with the state to lead educational presentations. However, the state needed a more comprehensive plan to squeeze out those who abuse the system. House Bill 1 addresses prescription drug abuse head-on through a variety of methods. The bill mandates increased usage of a prescription monitoring program, and regulates pain clinics throughout the commonwealth.
HB 1 went into effect July 20, and the board worked for months to develop and promulgate regulations on a host of subjects, including setting standards for prescribing controlled substances, regulation of physician owned pain clinics, and requiring continuing medical education.