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Law enforcemnt in several states warned of dangerous pill that resembles Oxycodone


MAY 17, 2015 - written by WADE QUEEN

A warning about a potentially dangerous drug found in pills that otherwise appear to be oxycodone has been circulated in the last few weeks to numerous police agencies across several states in and around the Appalachian Mountain regional areas, including Kentucky and West Virginia.
According to the warning memo, just recently in one particular incident, a Tennessee law enforcement agency recovered what appeared to be several 30mg pills of oxycodone during a traffic stop. Each was the same size and featured the signature A/215 stamp characteristic of oxycodone.

However, laboratory analysis performed by forensic scientists with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), indicated the pills were counterfeit and did not contain oxycodone.

Instead, they contained fentanyl, a pain killer 50 times as potent as heroin that can be deadly in high doses.

“This disturbing discovery only compounds the problem of fighting drugs in Tennessee,” said Tommy Farmer, TBI Special Agent-in-Charge and Director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force. “We want those addicted to prescription drugs to get help, not seek pills from illicit sources. It's just a matter of time until it costs someone their life.”

In anticipation of a proliferation of fentanyl abuse in Tennessee, TBI Director Mark Gwyn in 2014 proposed the agency launch a program to protect agents and forensic scientists who may come into contact with fentanyl with auto-injectors containing naloxone, which can potentially save an individual from a fentanyl overdose.

Agent Farmer stated his belief that it was suspected that the counterfeit pills were purchased on the internet from one or more illicit and murky "drug-store/pharmacy websites. He further remarked that consumers should only use prescription medications obtained through a licensed pharmacy and avoid purchasing prescription medications online.

“It might look convenient to order medicines from home, but it's not a safe alternative because you have no assurance of the quality or the actual ingredients,” said Farmer.

Farmer summed up the situation: “Furthermore, our state is ranked 3rd in the country for prescription drug abuse. It's not just typical drug addicts, either. It cuts across demographics. It's time for lawmakers to further enhance our state's laws to address the new ways criminals are trying to take advantage of our state's residents for the sake of profit.”

Classes to meet each Monday

Kevin Tackett is teach two courses this summer on Beginning Weight Training and Cross-Training beginning June 1 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will offer Beginning Weight Training and Cross-Training courses this summer.

The classes will begin on June 1 and run through July 26.

“Anyone starting out in weight training needs to know how to do it,” said Instructor Kevin Tackett. “If you do not approach weight training correctly, you can get injured.”

The Beginning Weight Training class will meet each Monday from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the Prestonsburg campus.

“It’s important to remember that it’s never too late to start,” said Tackett. “No matter what your goals are, strength training is an important part of an exercise program.”

Cross-Training is a technique that involves using different types of exercise to provide variation, train for sports and/or reduce the risk of repetitive injury.

“Cross-Training is really for everyone,” said Tackett. “Sometimes trying something new can get you out of a rut.”

For more information, contact Tackett at (606) 471-2360 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Louisa, Ky. – Three Rivers Medical Center is pleased to welcome the addition of nurse practitioner Sheila K. Short, ARNP, PMHNP – BC to its Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates staff.

Credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Short is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in treatment for the entire family to include psychiatric medication management and therapy/counseling.

Short received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Ashland Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Ohio University and her Master of Science from University of Kentucky.

She will be complementing the medical staff of Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, staffed by Corazon Chua, M.D. and Michael J. Light, M.D.

Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, located in the TRMC Plaza, Suite 3, is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Referrals are not necessary (walk-ins welcome) and appointments are now being made, for all three providers, by calling 606.638.1154.

NIH study finds varied responses to calorie restriction in obese adults

For the first time in a lab, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others when limiting calories. Study results published May 11 in DiabetesExternal Web Site Policy.

Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba

Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba stand next to the carbon dioxide and oxygen analyzers, and outside the whole-room indirect calorimeter. The analyzers measured the study participants’ energy expenditure while they were inside the calorimeter. Credit: Enrique Diaz

Researchers at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch (PECRB), part of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studied 12 men and women with obesity in the facility’s metabolic unit. Using a whole-room indirect calorimeter – which allows energy expenditure to be calculated based on air samples – researchers took baseline measurements of the participants’ energy expenditure in response to a day of fasting, followed by a six-week inpatient phase of 50 percent calorie reduction. After accounting for age, sex, race and baseline weight, the researchers found that the people who lost the least weight during the calorie-reduced period were those whose metabolism decreased the most during fasting. Those people have what the researchers call a “thrifty” metabolism, compared to a “spendthrift” metabolism in those who lost the most weight and whose metabolism decreased the least.

“When people who are obese decrease the amount of food they eat, metabolic responses vary greatly, with a ‘thrifty’ metabolism possibly contributing to less weight lost,” said Susanne Votruba, Ph.D., study author and PECRB clinical investigator. “While behavioral factors such as adherence to diet affect weight loss to an extent, our study suggests we should consider a larger picture that includes individual physiology – and that weight loss is one situation where being thrifty doesn't pay.”

Researchers do not know whether the biological differences are innate or develop over time. Further research is needed to determine whether individual responses to calorie reduction can be used to prevent weight gain.


APRIL 27, 2015

Book chronicles physicians in Lawrence County history since 1792

LOUISA, Ky -- Veteran newspaper reporter and columnist George Wolford, now semi-retired has completed a book he has written about the history of medicine in Lawrence County, specifically physicians.

The 171 page hard bound book is available for $20 at four Louisa locations. Only 250 have been printed. 

You can purchase 'Lawrence County Doctors' at the Lawrence County Library, the TRMC gift shop, Louisa Medical Clinic and Three Rivers Medical Clinic while supplies last.

Any profits from the sale of the book will be used to cover publishing costs and if there is any money left, a scholarship for a LCHS student will be awarded.