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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a new federal law can begin to turn the tide of drug fatalities in Kentucky and nationwide. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation banning the sale of synthetic drugs known as ‘bath salts’ in the state. Rauner signed the bill aimed at curbing what he called an ‘epidemic’ afflicting rural communities. 

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Recently appointed co-chair of the National Substance Abuse Committee and Commonwealth Attorney General Andy Beshear is focused on providing Kentucky with funding and resources needed to treat opioid and other drug abuse.

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Kentucky overdose deaths rose 16% in 2015, the first year state lawmakers toughened penalties for traffickers and increased spending on addiction programs. 

The first time Ray Tamasi got hit up by an investor, it was kind of out of the blue.

"This guy called me up," says Tamasi, president of Gosnold on Cape Cod, an addiction treatment center with seven sites in Massachusetts.

"The guy" represented a group of investors; Tamasi declines to say whom. But they were looking to buy addiction treatment centers like Gosnold.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Office is providing more than $700,000 to substance abuse treatment facilities statewide to combat Kentucky’s opioid drug epidemic. 

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Update Friday afternoon: The Graves County Sheriff's Office says the real identity of the methamphetamine supplier is Jose A. Garcia-Orinia. He had previously given the officers an alias.

He has now also been charged with Giving an Officer a False Name, 2 counts of Theft of Identity and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree. He's being held at the Graves County Detention Center with a $250,000 cash bond.

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A judge has unsealed records from a Kentucky lawsuit against the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, including the secret testimony of a former company president. 

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A Murray man is among the 61 prisoners who had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama Wednesday. Michael Yandal of Murray was convicted in 2007 on possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana and the possession of a firearm. 

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited a Louisville organization Tuesday to talk about federal legislation that would help boost substance abuse treatment programs across the country.

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