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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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Journalist Laura Ungar examines how drug addiction affects the next generation — newborns suffering drug withdrawal because of their mothers’ drug use.

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It was a sprint to the finish, but we got the first installment of my fellowship project -- a package on the growing crisis of addicted babies -- into the paper on Sunday....

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Patricia Green went to prison in 2009, which she says saved her life from her drug addiction. Now she is helping younger girls who, like her, need the support of others to move forward with their lives.

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The most powerful moment for me while reporting on a recent project on prescription drug abuse deaths was seeing the Rev. Donnie Coots standing among the ruins of his once thriving drug rehabilitation center.

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Treatment centers such as Chad's Hope in Clay County aim to help get prescription drug addicts back on track. This story is part of a series that examines prescription drug abuse in Kentucky.

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Bell County in southeastern Kentucky currently has the eighth worst prescription drug death rate in the nation. Victims are citizens of every economic level, and the effects are hurting innocent people.

This story is part of a series that examines prescription drug abuse in Kentucky.

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