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“It Takes a Village” :An inside look at the opioid epidemic

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By Breea Kirkpatrick

During the American Civil War in 1861, Morphine was extracted from opium in hopes of relieving soldiers’ pain. Sadly, this medication morphed into an addiction for many of the soldiers. Fast-forward 158 years and the illegal usage of opioids has drastically increased. This increase of drug use is not only reflected in larger cities, but is also seen in smaller counties, like LaRue County. Like larger counties, LaRue County has been affected by what has become known as a worldwide epidemic.


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