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EDITORIAL: Overdose deaths climbing—How will church respond?

 

An epidemic is raging across Kentucky. According to reports, hundreds more people die from it than from automobile accidents. Even, hundreds more people die from it than from gunshot wounds. Without intervention, mortality rates will continue to rise.

In fact, an assessment by the Drug Enforcement Administration has called prescription drug abuse and heroin, in that order, “the most significant drug threats to the United States.”

 Last year, in Louisville alone, 324 people died from drug overdoses, up 47 percent from the previous year, according to the coroner’s count. Statewide, just over 1,300 overdose deaths were reported in 2015, up by 230 from 2012.

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