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November 1, 2012

36th District: Shell, Montgomery seek to represent Garrard, much of Madison

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MADISON COUNTY —

Fighting drug abuse:

During the last session, the “pill mill bill” was passed by the General Assembly, which placed more restrictions and monitoring on many types of medications.

The bill has led to problems for people trying to obtain medication for legitimate conditions, according to Shell.

“The ‘pill mill’ bill has a reputation that is misleading in that it only applies to pain pills,” Shell said. “This bill also encompasses numerous medications that are not for pain management but used to treat numerous diseases such as ADHD, seizure disorders and psychiatric illness. 

Shell called for changes to the bill because it is infringing upon the judgment of health care provides and the rights of law-abiding Kentuckians.

“I have to agree with the pill-mill bill,” Montgomery said.

He acknowledged that it is not a complete fix, but using the KASPAR system to track certain prescriptions can be useful in fighting drug abuse.

“Drugs are a serious problem,” Montgomery said. “We’ve got to get control.”

Education:

If elected, Montgomery said he would focus on getting a vocational and technology school in southern Madison County. Right now students from Madison Southern High School must be bused to Richmond for vo-tech training, and not many students want to take the two to three hours out of their schedules to do that, he said.

“Not everyone wants to go to college,” Montgomery said. “Industries need a skilled workforce.”

Shell said he supported efforts in Madison County to implement full-day kindergarten, but school officials have said it would cost $1 million to make the transition from the half-day program.

“In tight budget times in local municipalities and the state, it is hard to find a million dollars lying around,” Shell said.

However, he said if he is elected, he looked forward to finding a solution to the problem.

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