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State Gets Federal Support To End Drug Abuse

Kentucky will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse. 

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center has been awarded $940,000 each year for the next four years. McConnell says he was informed of the federal support by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McConnell's office says the money will be used to improve controlled substances prescribing practices and to evaluate drug overdose prevention interventions for prescription drugs and heroin. The money will also will be used to target interventions in counties with some of the highest rates of drug overdoses. McConnell's office says those counties include Jefferson, Fayette, Boone, Kenton and Campbell.