The state Senate unanimously gave final passage Monday to a bill that tweaks last year’s legislation to curb prescription drug abuse in Kentucky. House Bill 217 now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear, who is expected to sign it into law. HB 217 would exempt doctors in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers from rules intended to make it more difficult for addicts to get painkillers in Kentucky. The bill also gives surgery patients a 14-day exemption.
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said HB 217 was “a common-sense approach” to concerns about the law. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Beshear did not seek any changes to the bill that emerged from the House last month.