Sunday, March 06, 2011

 

EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...3-7-'11





          Congressman Buchanan’s three-part legislation would:

1. Toughen federal penalties for pill mill operators by doubling the prison sentence from 10 to 20 years   and triple the fine from $1 million to $3 million.

2. Stipulate assets seized from violators to be sold and the proceeds used: to fund drug monitoring databases in the states; to fund more DEA enforcement actions against pill mills; and, to fund more drug treatment programs within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The DEA last month seized an estimated $2.5 million in illicit assets owned by pill mill owners in South Florida.

3. Reclassify Hydrocodone combination drugs (such as Vicodin and Lortab) to make them a Schedule II drug that is more difficult to prescribe and obtain.


Rogers, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, has been a leading voice both locally and nationally in raising awareness of and seeking solutions for prescription drug abuse.







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