This is Governor Steve Beshear … About Kentucky: Overdose deaths are down. The number of prescriptions
for commonly abused drugs has dropped. Pain clinics have shut down since landmark legislation
took effect to try to curb the scourge of prescription drug abuse. Enacted just over a year ago, House Bill One
provides key tools to drive out illegal pill mills, curb doctor shopping and decrease unnecessary
prescribing. Its impact can’t be measured just in the numbers
of pills we’ve kept off the streets. The legislation has, I believe, literally saved lives in Kentucky. Our fight against the problem of prescription
drug abuse is ongoing. Our Cabinet for Health and Family Services has contracted with the
University of Kentucky to evaluate the effectiveness of the legislation. And you can help by properly disposing of
unused, unneeded and expired medications. Kentucky now has more than 150 drop-box locations
in more than 100 counties, where you can dispose of prescription and over-the counter medication.
The sites are provided in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and local governments,
to make it easier for Kentuckians to dispose of those medications. No questions are asked. The prescription drug drop-boxes address vital
public safety and public health issues, because medicines left in home cabinets are susceptible
to diversion, misuse and abuse. To find a list of locations, visit the website
for the Office of Drug Control Policy: odcp.ky.gov, and click the link on the left for “Prescription
Drug Drop Box Sites.” This is Governor Steve Beshear … About Kentucky.