Federal Drug Czar Calls KY's Pill Abuse Problem An Epidemic

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 2/22/2013 7:37 pm
Federal Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske says Kentucky's prescription drug problem an epidemic.

During a phone interview with ABC 36 Kerlikowske pointed out that there are some signs of improvement.

He says, "We've seen people turn away from prescription drugs. We have the FDA considering the reclassification of the most powerful painkillers, that would make them not as easily available. We've seen education to young people that just because it's a prescription, or comes out of a medicine cabinet, you should be very concerned about the dangers and the hazards."

Kerlikowske says the prescription drug problem is having an economic impact.

He says some can't get jobs because they can't pass drug tests.
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