Opioid Prescribing & Addiction


According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs cause more overdose deaths than all other substances combined including cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. To address this increasing problem, the Kentucky Legislature enacted House Bill 1 in 2012 followed by House Bill 217 in 2013. Measured impacts have seen the total doses of all controlled substances dropping over 10%, several facilities identified as pain management clinics closing or discontinuing providing pain management services, and KASPER utilizations have dramatically increased.

The modules included in this site are intended to help the prescriber identify and screen for substance use disorders, use KASPER and urine drug testing therapeutically, recommend and understand treatment options particularly for vulnerable populations such as opioid dependent pregnant women, and improve their medical understanding of addiction as a chronic relapsing illness deserving of medical treatment.