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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Kentucky State Profile (2021)

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) reports 2020 data and 2021 features of the Kentucky state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).



The acronym for the Kentucky Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is KASPER, which is administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services operating under the Office of Inspector General. The email address is provided, along with URLs of the KASPER website and related websites for registering, submitting queries, statistics, opioid dashboard, and statutes/regulations. Contact information is provided for the Program Administrator and the Director. In 2020, the state population was 4,509,342. There were 22,355 DEA-registered prescribers and 1,185 DEA-registered dispensers. There are six data transmitters for KASPER, including dispensing practitioners and pharmacies (mail-order, out-of-state, and in-state). Substances monitored are listed in Schedules II-V. Alternate data sources are drug-related convictions and non-fatal overdoses. Fifteen types of reports are produced by KASPER. KASPER has 15 types of statistical capabilities. There are 34 types of authorized KASPER users from the fields of prescription drugs, healthcare, criminal justice, and research. The 2021 budget amount is not provided. Funding comes from a BJA grant, a CDC grant, and the State General Fund. There are 31 staff members performing operational, technical, analytical, and “other” tasks. Technologies pertain to data collection, report production, and data access. Patient matching is facilitated. Data are downloaded and stored and incorporated with interstate data. Interstate data-sharing partners are listed. Dates are reported for significant developments in the evolution of KASPER, and policies and practices are listed. Requirements for enrollment and accounts are also indicated, along with mandates for the use of the database. The availability of training on enrollment and use of KASPER is provided for specified users. Veterinarians can voluntarily enroll as data requesters, and they can voluntarily conduct queries. 

Date Published: January 1, 2021