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Kentucky center to receive $3.7M in federal funds to fight prescription drug overdoses


FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The federal government is giving Kentucky $3.7 million over the next four years to fight prescription drug overdoses.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced Thursday that the funding will go to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Beshear said in a news release that legislation that took effect in 2012 has brought a decline in so-called "doctor shopping" and prescriptions for heavily abused medications.

He said the funding will help the state continue educating the public about the dangers of drug use and abuse.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the $20 million program. It is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Opioid Initiative.

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