FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is urging White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske to include Hardin County in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
That would mean more federal resources to combat illegal drugs in an area that has seen a significant increase in drug-related crimes.
McConnell met with Kerlikowske Thursday to talk about the drug problems facing Kentucky.
McConnell said more than 80 Kentuckians are dying in Kentucky each month from drug overdoses.
That, he said, is more than are killed in car crashes in the state.