FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Governor Steve Beshear signed into law a bill to fight prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth on Tuesday.
By signing House Bill 1, the governor said the state is delivering a message to the pill pushing doctors and the illegitimate pill mills in Kentucky.
"Get out of this state, because we're coming after you," said Governor Beshear.
House Bill 1 requires that prescribes use an electronic prescription monitoring program and that pain clinics be owned by medical practitioners.
"Whenever you feel like you have someone looking over your shoulder, questioning every decision you make, physicians might be more reluctant to prescribe pain medications than they have in the past," said Louisville Dr. Shaun McCarty.