Police facing new hurdles in fight against pills

ASHCAMP, Ky. (AP) - Police have taken several steps in their fight against prescription pill abuse in Kentucky over the last decade, but now they are facing new challenges.

The state has more treatment facilities than it did when the issue came to the forefront 10 years ago after several high-profile arrests in eastern Kentucky, but it doesn't offer enough for all the people who need them, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Another addition to the fight is Operation UNITE, which was set up in 2003 by Republican U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers to fight drugs in his southeastern Kentucky district. While the federal task force has made several arrests in that region, local police say they are seeing more prescription pill activity in central Kentucky.

Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin says officers there have begun to seize more prescription pills.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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