The rapidly growing numbers of addicted newborns are an indication of Kentucky's huge problem with prescription drug abuse, which kills about 1,000 people in the state each year and destroys thousands more lives.
"It's a silent epidemic that's going on out there," Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told the Courier-Journal. "You need to say: 'Stop the madness. This is too much.'"
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