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March 13, 2011 12:01 AM

OxyContin abuse spreads from Appalachia across U.S.

Ten years ago, Kentucky learned it had a major drug problem. OxyContin, a powerful prescription painkiller, was being abused at alarming rates in the Appalachian areas of eastern and southern Kentucky. A decade later, the level of pain pill abuse throughout the state and across the country is at epic levels, officials say.

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