By Beth Musgrave
FRANKFORT — Doctors and law enforcement officers in Kentucky and Ohio can now access prescription drug records from both states.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that the two states’ prescription monitoring systems — used to track prescriptions for such things as narcotics — will now be linked. Kentucky drug abusers travel as far away as Florida and to neighboring states to obtain controlled substances from multiple providers. The linking of the two systems will hopefully help doctors and law enforcement cut down on the number of people fraudulently obtaining prescriptions, law enforcement officials said.
Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting or KASPER will now be linked with Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System or OARRS. A law enforcement officer or doctor could ask to see both KASPER and OAARS reports. The pilot project is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance. Law enforcement has pushed for a national prescription drug monitoring system for some time. The pilot project uses a centralized server to facilitate the sharing between the two states.
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