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Prescription Painkiller Highway

We spoke with Courier-Journal writer Laura Ungar Friday on State of the News about her ambitious series of articles on the prescription drug problem in Kentucky, fueled largely by loosely-regulated "rogue" pain clinics in Florida.New regulations enacted in Florida this year are making a dent, but the scope, and toll, or the problem are devastating. Deaths due to prescription pill abuse in Kentucky have more than doubled in the past decade to nearly 1,000 a year, surpassing even traffic fatalities.Ungar talked about it with WFPL's Rick Howlett.


Brad Yost is a senior producer for LPM. Email Brad at byost@lpm.org.