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Pharmaceut?ical Company Helps Train Kentucky Law Enforcemen?t to Address Pill Abuse

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A national pharmaceutical company is helping train Kentucky law enforcement agencies this week on how to continue to address prescription pill abuse in the state.

Purdue Pharma helps produce some of the prescriptions often abused in Kentucky, including OxyContin.

But Purdue executives said they have also been helping train law enforcement officials in how to help crack down on illegal prescribing and abuse.

The company has officials in Kentucky once again this week, as part of a FBI sponsored conference on prescription pill abuse.

Mark Geraci, a vice president at Purdue, said the company will continue their free seminars as long as needed.

"I will tell you Purdue Pharma is committed to doing this, all these programs are for free because we know it's the right thing to do and we want to be part of the solution in dealing with this very serious problem of prescription pill diversion and abuse,” Geraci said.

Purdue officials have conducted five training sessions for Kentucky law enforcement the last few years, most recently in April.

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.