Measure backs use of tamper-resistant pills
A bill approved Thursday would encourage use of tamper-resistant pain medication in Kentucky as a way to combat the state's crippling level of prescription-drug abuse.
The House Health and Welfare committee voted 13-0 to approve House Bill 377.
The bill deals with a type of pain relievers called opioids. Drug addicts crush or shave pills that include the medication so they can be snorted or injected.
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Some pills include mechanisms that make it harder to crush or alter them. HB 377 would bar the unauthorized substitution of opioid medications that do not include such mechanisms for those that do.
The sponsor, Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington, said the measure would be another tool to help in the fight against prescription-drug abuse.