January 29, 2013

Prescription Drugs Growing Kentucky Problem

In a report on the crime statistics for three southeastern Kentucky counties in 2012, the biggest increase in crime came from those peddling prescription drugs.

What happens is people go to areas to the south and buy prescription drugs, and then return and sell them for high prices; up to $25-$30 each on the street. Most of these pills are painkillers.

Also unsurprising is the growing number of shoplifting cases, as well as domestic violence. Both of these are the direct result of economic conditions in the eastern Kentucky counties of Whitley, Laurel and Knox, although substance abuse continues to be part of domestic abuse.

Theft of copper is a growing problem, as prices still are high enough to make it worthwhile to thieves.

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