Back in the late 90's to the early 2000's, Dr. Kent Davis was like all other physicians prescribing the latest pain medications whenever possible for those with chronic pain.
Little did the health industry know that today prescription drug abuse is running rampant, especially in Kentucky.
That's why Dr. Davis altered his practice.
"I became trained in how to prescribe other things that went along with treating that disease and now we work with that particular type of medications here in the office," Dr. Davis said.
Davis is all for 2012's House Bill One that strengthened regulating and screening prescription drugs. He says this legislation will save lives, but has made his and his colleagues jobs much more complicated.
"It made a lot of us almost fearful to pursue some of these things. So we're kind of caught with the problem of addressing people with legitimate pain issues and those individuals that unfortunately are dealing with opioid abuse and addiction," Davis said.
Davis says from listening to his clients, that prescription drugs are getting harder to come by and getting more expensive on the street.
He says now the problem is it appears prescription drugs are being replaced by heroin, which he says is already a problem in Cincinnati and Louisville.