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Kentucky official urges Floridians to press for drug database

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky's attorney general has written directly to Florida residents urging them to speak out for their state's yet-to-be-implemented prescription drug-tracking law, which he says would help crack down on so-called pill mills feeding addictions in Kentucky.

Attorney General Jack Conway wrote a letter to the editor that appeared Friday in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in South Florida — a region widely regarded as the national epicenter for illegal dispensing of prescription drugs.

Conway called it "a matter of life and death" in urging Floridians to follow through with their state's planned database for tracking prescription drugs.

"I encourage you to contact your state representatives and senators to let them know that you support efforts to implement an electronic monitoring program in Florida," Conway wrote.

Conway cited estimates from federal law enforcement that 60 percent of illegal pills in Kentucky come from Florida. In Kentucky, prescription drug overdose deaths now surpass traffic deaths, Conway's office said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proposed scrapping the pill-tracking database, claiming privacy concerns.

Kentucky official urges Floridians to press for drug database 04/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 10:47pm]
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