Doctors drug-testing patients to weed out abuse

CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) - Patients who visit Dr. Todd Williams' office in Cave City seeking prescription medications are required to submit a urine test as a way to sort out those who abuse pills. Williams has a lab worker on site who can almost instantly test specimens for drugs like amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, opiates and oxycodone.

Williams told the Daily News in Bowling Green that he also uses the electronic prescription drug monitoring system known as Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, or KASPER.

About 30 percent of Kentucky doctors are on the system. That system allows doctors to see if a patient has already obtained a prescription for the same or similar drug from another doctor.

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