Pike County expanding jail's drug rehab program

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials in eastern Kentucky are moving forward with a project to expand drug rehabilitation at the Pike County jail.

Officials told the Appalachian News-Express (http://bit.ly/McThAe) that the initiative to turn part of the former Pike County Hall of Justice into a rehabilitation area would more than double the room for participants.

Magistrates approved an agreement this month that allows work on the $2.4 million project to proceed.

Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said the project's main funding comes from a settlement between the county and Purdue Pharma, the maker of painkiller OxyContin.

The company agreed last year to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit over abuse of the narcotic.

The drug became so pervasive in eastern Kentucky that it was dubbed "Heroin of the Hills."

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