LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2012) — For many Kentuckians, the effects of substance abuse are all too real as they have either watched their friends and family struggle with these issues or have personally battled addiction.

A 2006 study published by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that Kentucky led the nation in the percentage of residents who reported using psychotherapeutic drugs, prescription pain relievers and prescription tranquilizers for nonmedical reasons within the previous year.

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