Intensify Drug Abuse Control Efforts

The Chamber is concerned about the state’s rising drug abuse problem and its negative effect on Kentucky’s workforce and health care costs. A recent report found drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high in Kentucky in 2015. The Chamber commends the Kentucky General Assembly for taking important steps to close pill mills, end illegal prescribing practices and address the heroin epidemic in Kentucky. As lawmakers consider options to implement these important changes, we encourage a thoughtful approach that will not back away from efforts to punish bad actors but will prevent added costs and ensure appropriate access to medical care. Continuing policies to develop workable statewide and interstate compacts as well as the adoption of nationally recognized pain management guidelines will help limit drug abuse that has a negative impact on employers and employees.

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