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Eastern Ky. drug epidemic has reshaped communities; responsible for violence and suffering
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, December 1, 2013 11:37 AM EST
Kateena Haynes has seen how prescription drug abuse has reshaped Eastern Kentucky.
And the drug abuse hurts the communities in many other ways as well.
In 2010, inpatient and emergency room charges related to drug overdoses totaled $78 million, much of it paid by taxpayers.
This fiscal year, the state budgeted $35.5 million for substance-abuse treatment.
Officials say drug abuse is behind many domestic violence and child abuse cases. And it plays a role in why most people end up behind bars.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com