Drug and health experts say that prescription drug abuse and inadvertant poisonings are growing largely based on the ease of access of pills.
A Johnson County Constable is arrested on drug related charges
47-year-old Terry Ward is charged with four counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud.
Ward was indicted by the attorney general's office after they investigated him for allegedly obtaining prescription pain killers from several Johnson County doctors
The charges by the Attorney General's Office say Johnson County Constable Terry Ward was allegedly obtaining Hydrocodone from several doctors in the area.
A spokesperson for the AG Office calls it "doctor shopping."
“The allegation is, the person goes doctor to doctor and allegedly makes up different circumstances so they could receive these drugs,” Allison Martin says.
Ward was arrested Friday at the Family Food in Boon's Camp. The County's top official was surprised to hear of the charges against Ward.
“We're kind of held to a higher standard than most people and rightly so,” Johnson County Judge Executive Tucker Daniel says. “I think we should be. If we're asking for people to vote for us we're asking for their trust.”
“If these violations are true, then I think it's a serious violation of the public's trust,” Daniel says.
Daniel says these charges are just another example of the drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky.
“It's part of the epidemic we've seen for months now,” Daniel says. “We're losing people everyday. I understand we may have two or three od's at the hospital right now.”
Ward is up for reelection as Constable in the Second District in Johnson County.
Ward is being held at the big sandy regional detention center on a five thousand dollar bond