Roberto Ceniceros highlighted the efforts being undertaken in Kentucky to control opioid abuse in the state, citing it as an example for other states in his new Risk & Insurance column. Ceniceros notes that Kentucky, particularly its Central Appalachian regions, has been the epicenter of prescription painkiller abuse since the 1990s, before most states were substantially affected or aware of the problem. Kentucky’s PDMP law is among the strictest in the nation, requiring doctors to check the PDMP before issuing initial prescriptions for opioids and/or benzodiazepines and every three months after that. The prevalence of heavy industry and associated major injuries in the Bluegrass State, a characteristic it shares with Louisiana, makes the Kentucky case a potential policy example for lawmakers.
Read the column in full here.