prescription drug abuse

Office of Drug Control Policy

A new study says prescriptions for commonly abused medications and doctor-shopping by pill seekers have decreased since Kentucky passed legislation targeting prescription drug abuse.


A federal jury has convicted a Clay County man of illegally distributing prescription drugs that resulted in the death of a user. And while the verdict is not unusual, the case does mark a first for the eastern District of Kentucky.

Walgreens locations in Kentucky and Indiana will soon be outfitted with time delay safes, but they won’t be protecting money.

Kentucky’s maternal and child health leaders are banding together to address the growing problem of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Appeals Court To Hear Pain Pill Clinic Case

Jun 3, 2014

Important developments in an effort to shut down the so-called pill pipeline between Kentucky and other southern states.

Following a years-long, multi-agency investigation, Pike County osteopathic physician Thad Manning has pleaded guilty to relabeling sample drugs.

A powerful new painkiller that hit the shelves last week is drawing fire across the country, but criticism is particularly vocal in Kentucky.

Overdose Deaths Up 282 Percent

Dec 20, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new study shows drug overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 282 percent between 2000 and 2010.
 The study announced this week by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center analyzed information from emergency rooms, inpatient hospitalizations and mortality records.
The center is located at the University of Kentucky and is an agent for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The U.S. military is no stranger to alcohol.

Ryan Donahue, a 27-year-old Louisville native, worked as an aircraft mechanic on the USS Eisenhower during Operation Enduring Freedom. The “party hard” mindset helped break up the monotony of constant training and work.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of babies born in the U.S. going through opiate withdrawal has tripled over the past ten years. It follows a trend of skyrocketing prescription drug abuse.