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McCracken County has seen a spike in fatal drug overdoses. The Paducah Sun reports the county coroner's office says there were nine overdose deaths in 2015. In 2016, overdose fatalities in the county climbed to 15 deaths. 

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The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $100,000 grant for Operation UNITE to continue fighting drug abuse in southern and eastern Kentucky. 

Charlie Oen's battle with addiction started when he was 16 and his family moved to Lima, Ohio. It was the last stop in a string of moves his military family made — from Panama to North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Germany.

"I went toward a bad group because those were the people that accepted me," he says. Drugs became a substitute for real friendships.

CASA: Caring For Kids Caught In The Addiction Crisis

Dec 26, 2016
Jeff Young | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley’s opioid epidemic has effects far beyond the individuals struggling through addiction, with families and children suffering as well. An organization that helps children in abuse cases now sees substance abuse as a leading contributor, and could be overwhelmed by the addiction crisis.

As drug prices have spiraled upward, tens of millions of generally law-abiding Americans have committed an illegal act in response: They have bought prescriptions medicines outside the U.S. and imported them.

Take Debra Miller, of Collinston, La., who traveled to Mexico four times a year for 10 years to get diabetes and blood pressure medicine. She quit in 2011 after the border patrol caught her returning to the U.S. with a three-month supply that had cost her $40. The former truck driver drew a warning not to do it again, but she got to keep her pills.

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Kentucky’s top law enforcement officer is calling on the new Republican state legislature to fight the emerging threat of synthetic drug abuse instead of rescuing a failing public pension system. 

An increase of drug dependency among newborns is largely being driven by use of opioids among women in rural areas, a new study finds.

Research out Monday documents instances of neonatal abstinence syndrome — when a newborn is dependent on drugs and undergoes withdrawal — increasing at higher rates in rural areas than in urban areas.

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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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