A new study shows drug overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 282 percent between 2000 and 2010. The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center analyzed information from emergency rooms, in-patient hospitalizations and mortality records.
Several states hard hit by prescription drug abuse will work together to develop strategies to combat what authorities say is an ever-growing problem. Kentucky will join Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia in the initiative.
The Kentucky House has tentatively scheduled floor votes today on a transportation budget and a prescription drug abuse bill. Both measures passed out of House committees yesterday. Once the House has finished, the Senate will review the measures intended to appropriate money for road construction projects and to curb overdose deaths from widespread prescription drug abuse in the state. Lawmakers have been meeting in special legislative session since Monday at a cost of more than $60,000 a day.