LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is touting the success of a law designed to attack a statewide epidemic.

Lawmakers passed House Bill One in 2012 to help curb prescription drug addiction.

A University of Kentucky study shows it has made a significant dent in the number of prescriptions for the most commonly abused drugs.

Te study also shows that "doctor shopping" has dropped by 52 percent, and two dozen non-physician owned pain management clinics have closed.

"We already know there are other things on the horizon, looking at synthetic drugs that are surfacing. This is a never ending process, but doesn't mean you don't attack problems as they arise," Beshear said. 

Beshear says he hopes the recent passage of anti-heroin legislation will be successful in curbing that growing problem.

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