Office of the Attorney General
Statement from Attorney General Conway

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 14, 2011  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

I was pleased to learn today that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has apparently reconsidered his plan to eliminate a prescription database monitoring program (PDMP) in Florida. I am heartened that the concerns I communicated to Gov. Scott and to Florida residents in a recent Letter to the Editor have been heard loud and clear. In testimony today before the United States House of Representatives, Gov. Scott confirmed that despite his privacy concerns, Florida’s Department of Health has begun to implement the database, similar to Kentucky’s KASPER system.

His actions will likely help shut down the prescription pill pipeline that runs from Florida to Kentucky. In fact, our law enforcement officers estimate 60 percent of illegal pain pills on the streets of Kentucky right now are from Florida. I have no doubt the implementation of electronic monitoring in Florida will help save lives in Kentucky.

I have been joined in this fight by numerous others, including U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers, Gov. Steve Beshear and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, whom I have worked closely with to shut-down the "pill pipeline" between Florida and Kentucky.

Be assured, I will continue to work closely with local, state and federal authorities, as well as my fellow attorneys general, to ensure that prescription drug monitoring programs are implemented in all 50 states.

Jack Conway
Kentucky Attorney General