Working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement officers, the Drug Investigations Branch is tasked with helping combat illegal drug abuse in Kentucky communities. A primary focus of this branch is on:
- diversion of prescription drugs — illegal distribution, abuse, or unintended use of prescription drugs
- "doctor shopping" — individuals receiving prescriptions for the same drug from more than one doctor during the same time period or presenting false symptoms to multiple doctors in order to receive prescription medications
- over-prescribing — physicians who routinely prescribe more of a drug than is required by the diagnosis; this usually indicates that a doctor or pharmacist is writing prescriptions for personal gain or non-medical purposes
- theft of prescription drugs
- illegal sale of prescription pain pills
The Drug Investigations Branch has also been instrumental in the state-wide effort to fight online and illegal out of state pharmacies.
Because of its efforts in fighting illegal drugs, the Office of the Attorney General received the 2008 "Most Valuable Agency" award from Operation Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education (UNITE), an organization created in 2003 by Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Somerset). Attorney General Jack Conway was also named a “Soaring Eagle” for his commitment to drug enforcement. Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office are assigned to Operation UNITE and the Appalachian HIDTA.
To report prescription drug diversions contact OAG/DCI at 502-696-5367.