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Laura Ungar

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Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, NARA, offers inpatient and outpatient drug treatment and a 70-bed residential program in Portland, Oregon.

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Research from across the nation shows that treating drug addiction reduces crime and medical expenses while boosting employment, meaning every dollar spent on treatment actually saves an average of $7.

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This organization receives more than 40,000 calls a year to its crisis lines, which guide addicts through those dark moments by connecting them with the treatment they need.

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Michael Donta, 24, tried to seek help for his prescription drug addiction but was never successful and he eventually took his own life in 2010.

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Recovery Kentucky centers opened across the state to help people break free of addiction and avoid chronic homelessness.

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Experts say it’s nearly impossible to compare the effectiveness of one drug-addiction treatment against another because so much depends on the needs of the addict — and there is debate about how well medication-assisted therapy works.

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In a state with one of the nation’s worst prescription-drug abuse problems, Kentucky's substance abuse programs often have long waiting lists, leaving those in need of help with nowhere to turn.

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Prescription drug addictions in Kentucky are at an all time high. Laura Ungar reports on how this epidemic also leads to higher crime rates in concentrated areas.

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This is part of Laura Ungar's fellowship project, where she looks at how the addiction surge affects the next generation — newborns suffering drug withdrawal because of their mothers’ drug abuse.

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How will Kentucky find the money to care for babies born with drug withdrawal after being born to addicted mothers? Health officials say they can do only so much; a lot depends on the family.

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