Prescription pill abuse ctontinues to be a persistent problem here in Eastern Kentucky.
New statistics show a shocking number of Kentuckians who are killed each year due to prescription drug overdoses.
Law enforcement officials say the new prescription drugs on the street are equally and possibly more deadly than many of the pain pills that preceeded them.
They say overdoses typically happen when people take a cocktail of pain pills at one time.
Officials think that stricter legislation and education are the only remedies to cure Eastern Kentucky's drug epidemic.