NACDS today commended the enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (HB 342) that would require the vast majority of prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, to be submitted electronically, which will help in the fight against opioid abuse. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed the bill into law March 26, which will become effective January 1, 2021.


  • NACDS recognized the leadership of Rep. Steve Sheldon (R); House Health and Family Services Chair Kim Moser (R); and Senate Health and Welfare Chair Ralph Alvarado (R) in advancing the legislation.
  • NACDS also recognized the Kentucky Retail Federation for its work in advocating for the bill.
  • A January 2019 survey, conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by NACDS, found that 62 percent of Kentucky registered voters support rules that all prescriptions must be handled electronically to reduce the likelihood of fraud and abuse. Only 19 percent indicated opposition.
  • 16 states have enacted NACDS-backed e-prescribing legislation, and a federal law enacted in October 2018 also advanced this vital opioid-abuse-prevention strategy.

“This legislation is an important part of a wide-ranging and effective approach to protecting families and communities. Electronic prescribing increases security and curbs waste, fraud and abuse.” He added, “Sixteen states now have enacted e-prescribing legislation as part of the opioid-abuse solution, and we appreciate Kentucky’s proactive response in advancing this bill which will help address this critical issue.”

– NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE


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