12:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Kentucky's Child Medicaid Recipients Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs at Double the National Rate

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Kentucky children who receive Medicaid are prescribed medications to treat mental illness and behavioral issues at double the rate of the national average, according to research from the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit at the University of Louisville.

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7:07 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Drug Round-Up Set For Saturday

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Kentucky authorities are urging people to participate in a prescription drug roundup aimed at curbing addiction to pills commonly found in family medicine cabinets.

Attorney General Jack Conway says more than 70 collection sites have been designated across the state on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

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6:45 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Henderson Jail Chosen For Drug Abuse Program

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The Henderson County Jail is one of three chosen by the Commonwealth to house a new substance abuse program.

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8:51 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Conway Touts KY Drug Reforms

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is telling political leaders from across the nation the Commonwealth is making progress curbing a prescription drug abuse epidemic.

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7:56 am
Mon January 14, 2013

KY Gets Chance to Pursue Oxycontin Case

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After years of struggling to combat the abuse of Oxycontin Kentucky officials are getting a chance to pursue the drug's maker in a state court lawsuit.

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7:51 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Ky. State Police See 'All-Time High' in Meth Labs

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Kentucky State Police officials say they’ve seen an all-time high of meth labs in the past two years. So far in 2012, police have seized more than 1,200 labs.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:56 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Welfare Drug Testing Passes Tennessee Senate

A measure requiring Tennessee welfare recipients to go through drug testing passed the state Senate yesterday. The legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, the applicant would be drug tested. The proposal differs from an original version that would have required blanket testing, which Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. says is unconstitutional. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Finance Committee.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:06 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tennessee Welfare Recipient Drug Test Bill Advances


A proposal to drug test people as a condition for receiving welfare is advancing in the Tennessee House.  The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Julia Hurley was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Subcommittee Monday. The companion bill is awaiting a Senate floor vote.  The proposal differs from original legislation the state attorney general said was constitutionally suspect.

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4:06 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Drug Abuse in KY Mines

Prescription drug abuse is an ongoing problem in Kentucky’s mines but recent steps taken by the state legislature are helping get control of it. That’s what a member of the state mine safety review commission told the senate judiciary committee this week. Paducah attorney Duncan Pitchford says miners in the western Kentucky coalfields are also struggling with methamphetamine addictions.

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Operation UNITE
7:45 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Prescription Drug Summit draws Kentucky Leaders

Top Kentucky health leaders and lawmakers trying to end multistate prescription drug trafficking and abuse are meeting in Florida this week.  The National R-X Drug Abuse Summit runs from tomorrow until Thursday in Orlando.  The event is organized by the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group Operation UNITE.  It will feature remarks by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and U.S. “Drug Czar” R.