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Conference To Showcase Different Faces Of Drug Abuse

Jan 23, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A statewide coalition of drug prevention agencies is holding its annual conference in Lexington this week.  Different Faces of Substance Abuse brings together numerous stakeholders to address problems associated with the misuse and over-use of prescription drugs, according to event coordinator Jeanne Davis with the University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and lawyers representing a variety of medical organizations from across Kentucky say a new state law aimed at combating prescription drug abuse has had unintended consequences.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Confusion and last-minute lobbying have potentially derailed what some Kentucky lawmakers considered the hallmark of the current legislative session.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky’s prescription monitoring program will soon link up with databases in other states.

WASHINGTON - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was in the nation’s capital Thursday to testify about prescription drug diversion in the Commonwealth.

Conway told lawmakers at a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that prescription drug monitoring programs – or PDMPs -- are underutilized.

“If you want to know what you can do to help, help us get all 50 states up with PDMPs and with systems that talk to one another. We can do our jobs if we can get those systems up and running and if we can get the doctors to use them.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. – They can be bought on the street or obtained through a doctor's prescription. How ever people get them, prescription pain killers can lead to a life of addiction. But for the past ten years, the state has offered a tool meant to curb the abuse. In the second of our three-part series, reporter Brenna Angel examines what Kentucky's prescription monitoring program is doing right, and what it needs to do better.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The epidemic of prescription drug abuse affects millions of Americans, and the power of addiction is easy to see in Kentucky. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the problem of prescription drug abuse and what medical experts and public policy makers are doing to try and stop it. Brenna Angel has the story of one woman who nearly lost her life to pain killers. This report contains strong language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.