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Commentary: Real policy changes needed to keep addiction from shattering more lives

By Gary Mendell Special to KyForward   Fatal drug overdose has increased more than six-fold in the past three decades, and now, according to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 40,000 Americans died from drug-related overdoses in 2012 alone. This increase is mostly driven by opioids, such as oxycontin and hydrocodone, which now account for nearly 16,000 deaths per year, more overdose...