The so-called “Pill Mill Bill” that passed the Kentucky General Assembly this year is being implemented in a way some state lawmakers say it was never intended to be used.
The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee met recently, where State Senator Joey Pendleton brought up the legislation that was meant to force doctors to use the CASPER prescription tracking system to cut down on “doctor shopping” and to stop pain clinics from profiting from their eagerness to prescribe addictive medications.
Senator Pendleton says the State Licensure Board has attached further regulations on 15 additional medications without General Assembly approval requiring some patients to be drug tested before they can receive pills they were already prescribed in the past.
Senator Pendleton says the drug testing requirement isn’t happening everywhere in Kentucky yet, but he has heard of multiple cases in Logan County and other lawmakers have in northern Kentucky.
The General Assembly will have the ability to vote down those regulations in next year’s session and he says there is bi-partisan support to go back to the original intent of the bill.
The senator says the regulations are not only a burden to residents, it will also be a burden to the Medicaid system.
The State Licensure Board is made up of medical professionals and is appointed by the governor.