E. Ky. Tops Painkiller Prescription Use 
Sun Jan 19, 7:08 PM ET

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Drugstores, hospitals and other legal drug outlets in eastern Kentucky received more prescription painkillers per capita than anywhere else in the nation from 1998 to 2001. Nearly half a ton of narcotics reached six small mountain counties during that span — the equivalent of 3/4 of a pound for every adult who lives there. 

Possession and trafficking charges for all controlled substances jumped 348% in eastern Kentucky from 1997 through 2001, while admissions of prescription-drug addicts to residential drug-treatment centers tripled from 1998 to 2001. One Appalachian pain specialist suggested that eastern Kentucky, with its older population, many injured coal miners and high rates of lung cancer, might need large amounts of narcotics to treat legitimate pain sufferers...

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What do you think is the reason for such a large demand of painkillers in eastern Kentucky - a drug abuse epidemic or simple coincidence brought on by the amount of miners with lung cancer in the area?
E. Ky. Tops Painkiller Prescription Use

Sun Jan 19, 7:08 PM ET

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Drugstores, hospitals and other legal drug outlets in eastern Kentucky received more prescription painkillers per capita than anywhere else in the nation from 1998 to 2001. Nearly half a ton of narcotics reached six small mountain counties during that span — the equivalent of 3/4 of a pound for every adult who lives there.

Possession and trafficking charges for all controlled substances jumped 348% in eastern Kentucky from 1997 through 2001, while admissions of prescription-drug addicts to residential drug-treatment centers tripled from 1998 to 2001. One Appalachian pain specialist suggested that eastern Kentucky, with its older population, many injured coal miners and high rates of lung cancer, might need large amounts of narcotics to treat legitimate pain sufferers...

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19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 10:06:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
If it's as a result of sick miners then it wouldn't be a coincidence, would it?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/2/03 - 12:11:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Drug abuse would be my guess.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/2/03 - 12:14:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds like it might start out legitimately, but later becomes an addiction....
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/17/04 - 7:38:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
it is both.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/17/04 - 8:04:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think ziggy has a good point.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/11/07 - 3:26:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
Neither. It's got to be a government conspiracy.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 2:32:17 PM EST (GMT-5)



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