April 23, 2014

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Do efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse drive users to heroin?

Nearly 80% of recent heroin initiates started by misusing prescriptions

By Tessie Castillo, The Fix

Let’s face it. Our country has a pill problem. Some blame our prescription addiction on an aging population of baby boomers with pain needs. Others point to the frantic pace of work and home obligations that make it easier to pop a capsule than to embrace lifestyle changes. The pharmaceutical industry’s aggressive marketing efforts to doctors and patients likely play a role. But however our affair with pills developed, the relationship has turned deadly. Prescription painkiller use has skyrocketed 300% over the past decade, and currently more than 12 million Americans take pain relievers simply to get high. Equally disturbing, the dramatic growth in the availability of prescription opiates has mirrored a surge in heroin use. Nearly 80% of recent heroin initiates now start by misusing prescriptions.

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Cockfighting enthusiasts angry with McConnell for supporting farm bill that stiffens penalties

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Fields running for office of county judge

DAVID FIELDS

My name is David S. Fields and I would like to announce my candidacy for Pendleton County Judge Executive. It would be a great honor to be elected and to serve the constituents of this county.

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Jack Caldwell announces candidacy for magistrate district four

JACK CALDWELL

I, Jack Caldwell, announce my candidacy for Magistrate District 4, which includes the precincts of Pendleton County Library, Oakland and Blanket Creek.

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Sonny Caldwell announces candidacy for Pendleton County judge executive

SONNY CALDWELL

To the citizens of Pendleton County.  For those who do not know me, my name is Sonny Caldwell. I am seeking your support as Pendleton County’s next judge executive.

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McKee welcomes Pendleton County officials
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Kentucky Farm Bureau celebrates “Food Check-Out Day”
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BBB warning: website scam targets military
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Forums begin in Bracken Co. to combat heroin

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Book review of "The Grave County Boys"

"The Graves County Boys," was written by Marianne Walker and includes a forward by Joe B. Hall, former coach at the University of Kentucky. It is the true narrative of a basketball team from tiny Cuba, Kentucky who after losing in the finals of the KHSAA State Tournament to neighboring Clark Co. in 1951, returned in 1952 winning  the state tournament over mighty Louisville Manual…a bigger than life example of the biblical account of David vs. Goliath.

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