Ky. governor wants national painkiller tracking

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear wants to link the 50 states' prescription drug monitoring programs to crack down on pill mills and painkiller abuse.

Beshear told 700 attendees at a national drug summit in Orlando, Fla., that painkiller abuse is causing misery for families and filling the nation's jails. His state has 1 of the nation's worst overdose rates with more than 1,000 Kentuckians dying annually.

He said the states have been trying to fight painkiller abuse individually but need to work together if they are going to succeed.

Drug dealers from Kentucky and other states often come to Florida to buy painkillers to sell back home, but that state began tracking sales last year and the number of pills sold has dropped.

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