Kentucky to receive Rx overdose funds

August 6, 2014
by Tim Preston
Independent (Paintsville, Kentucky)

Kentucky had America’s third-highest mortality rate of prescription drug overdoses in 2010 (23.6 per 100,000), with the number of all drug overdose deaths more than quadrupling since 1999 (4.9 per 100,000), according to a 2013 report by Trust For America’s Health. Nationally the rate has doubled. Kentucky is one of just five areas in the nation to receive a $1.08 million “Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Boost” grant from the CDC.

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