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The federal government's top doctor has released a report detailing substance misuse in the U.S. and how it can be addressed. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke about the Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health Thursday at the Facing Addiction in America National Summit.

The number of doctors who each prescribe millions of dollars of medications annually in Medicare's drug program has soared, driven by expensive hepatitis C treatments and rising drug prices overall, federal data obtained by ProPublica show.

The number of providers who topped the $5 million mark for prescriptions increased more than tenfold, from 41 in 2011 to 514 in 2015. The number of prescribers — mostly physicians but also nurse practitioners — exceeding $10 million in drug costs jumped from two to 70 over the same time period, according to the data.

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  As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances.

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With the opioid crisis driving up overdose rates across the Ohio Valley, a once-obscure medication is becoming a household feature. Naloxone can reverse an overdose and, with training, can be administered by just about anyone. Aaron Payne of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports that the drug is saving lives, but is no silver bullet for the region’s addiction problems. 

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The Drug Enforcement Agency special agents that inspired the Netflix series Narcos will speak tonight at Murray State University. Javier Pena and Steve Murphy share their story tracking down notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar. 

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A new Tennessee law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense the overdose antidote naloxone. Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner says administering the drug can reverse opioid effects and prevent death in many cases, allowing time for the person to receive further medical treatment. 

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Kentucky educators will be trained this week on how to administer a heroin antidote. The drug Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is being made available to high schools who voluntarily choose to participate. 

Almost half of all Americans take prescription painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives, according to results of a federal survey released Thursday. The prevalent use of these drugs could help explain why millions of Americans end up misusing or abusing them.

As Heroin Overdoses Surge In Louisville, Search For Answers Continues

Sep 1, 2016
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Elizabeth Boccieri has been using meth and oxycontin in the past few days, ever since she heard about extra-strength laced heroin that’s been making its way south from Ohio to Louisville.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that patients and doctors should more fully understand the potentially life-threatening risks of combining anti-anxiety or sleep medications with prescription opioids.

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