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

Contributor: Christine Winter
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
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.
Share
Most Popular
Coroner: Elderly Mercer Co. Couple Die in Apparent Murder-Suicide
The Mercer County Coroner has confirmed that an elderly couple were found dead in their home Sunday night following an apparent murder-suicide.
Former High School Football Coach Charged with Sodomy, Sexual Abuse
According to deputies in Pulaski County, a former high school football coach has been arrested on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse.
Police: Shots Fired Near Lexington School
Lexington Police said shots were fired Monday afternoon near Lafayette High School. Although school had been out for the Labor Day holiday, youth football tournament was being held at Lafayette. Video Video
UPDATE: Name Of Victim In Fatal Lexington Crash Released
The name of the woman killed in a Lexington crash early Saturday morning has been released.
Lexington PD: Argument Between Neighbors Results in Gunfire
An argument between neighbors escalated to at least one shot being fired Monday afternoon, according to Lexington Police. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.