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Kentucky May Tax Opioid Sales

March 29, 2018
Latest move by a state to address opioid addiction and overdose involves budget

A PPM Brief

As states across the US move to implement and monitor opioid management and addiction treatment programs, one state is moving toward an opioid tax. Kentucky’s two-year budget, which still faces State Senate approval, may include a 25-cent tax on each dose of opioid dose sold into the state. The tax would be placed on wholesale distributors, rather than pharmacies or patients.

Kentucky would be the first state to approve such a tax, which is being used to close a budget gap and reduce addiction levels in the state, according to various media reports. Lawmakers, however, plan to put the tax collected toward public programs, rather than addiction treatment services

The state implemented an opioid disposal program in 2017 and has been pursuing legal action against opioid manufacturers in relation to overdoses. 

Last updated on: March 29, 2018
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