drug abuse

Health
4:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

With Rise Of Painkiller Abuse, A Closer Look At Heroin

The amount of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors' offices quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 10:26 am

Abuse of prescription painkillers is a "growing, deadly epidemic," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Oct. 24, the Food and Drug Administration recommended putting new restrictions on hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names.

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Education
1:14 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Scholarship Aimed at Students Who have Overcome Drug Use

Going to college has just gotten easier for high school seniors who have overcome prescription drug abuse.  

Attorney General Jack Conway announced a new scholarship on Monday that's targeted to high school seniors who have been impacted by prescription drug abuse, either as a recovering addict, as the child of an addict or in some other way.

The initiative is intended to send a clear message to teens impacted by prescription drug abuse that the future can be bright.

Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year. The first ones will be announced next May.

The scholarships are named in honor the late Sarah Shay of Morehead and Michael Donta of Ashland, both of whom died as a result of prescription drug abuse.

Health
2:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Lawsuit Filed by Kentucky County Against Oxycontin Maker Settled

Oxycontin abuse became so pervasive in parts of eastern Kentucky that the drug was dubbed "hillbilly heroin."

An eastern Kentucky official has announced a settlement in a lawsuit over the drug OxyContin.

The Appalachian News-Express cited a statement from Pike Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford in reporting that drug maker Purdue Pharma agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit over abuse of the narcotic.

Rutherford said he couldn't give further details about the settlement due to terms of the agreement.

The county initially filed the lawsuit in 2007 and asked for damages the community suffered after the company marketed OxyContin as a safer alternative to other pain medicine.

The drug became so pervasive in eastern Kentucky, it was dubbed "hillbilly heroin."

Rutherford indicated in the statement that he was pleased with terms of the settlement.

"Finally, Pike County Government will have the funds to make a difference in drug addiction," Rutherford said. "We can now establish the Pike County Re-Entry Partnership for people convicted of drug violations. It has taken years to get done. Our attorney, Gary C. Johnson, was passionate and brought this about."

The goal of the Pike County Re-Entry Partnership would be to rehabilitate people who are addicted to drugs.

Health
8:13 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Beshear Says Kentucky Seeing Successes in Fighting Pill Abuse

Kentucky has made inroads in its fight against illegal drug abuse, and the momentum against drug pushers has gained steam thanks to a new law aimed at reversing a trend in which the state became a "prescription drug playground," Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday night.

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Regional
12:59 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Man Arrested for Getting Painkillers from 28 Dentists

Prescription pills

Louisville police have arrested a man who is accused of obtaining prescriptions for painkillers from 28 dentists in just a five month period. The Courier Journal reports that 42 year old Michael A. Osswald of Louisville is charged with 22 counts of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

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