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Wed October 30, 2013
Health and Welfare

Conway on Prescription Drug Issue in Kentucky

 Kentucky's Attorney General says while progress is being made against prescription drug abuse, the state can't afford to let down its guard. Jack Conway told Bowling Green Rotarians Wednesday the state's pill-tracking system--known as KASPER--is giving law enforcement an idea of how widespread the abuse still is.

"Last year in Kentucky we dispensed over 220,000,000 doses of hydrocodone. We're a state of 4.3 million people. That's 51 doses of hydrocodone for every man, woman and child in this state. That's how much of the stuff is out there," said Conway.

Conway adds the problem is even worse than those numbers indicate.  The A-G says law enforcement officials believe only half of all prescription drugs in the state are tracked with the other half brought into the state illegally.  Conway told reporters he hasn't made up his mind about a possible 2015 run for governor. The Louisville Democrat previously ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House and Senate.