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The Kentucky Senate has voted to revise the state's needle exchange legislation. The bill approved on Tuesday includes an amendment to specify that health facilities conducting needle exchange programs evenly trade clean needles for dirty ones. 

Medicare is going to test new ways to reimburse doctors for medications, in hopes they'll choose less expensive drugs.

The plan would alter Medicare Part B, which pays for medicines administered in doctors offices or outpatient hospital clinics — to eliminate incentives for doctors to use the most expensive drugs.

Medicare recipients who have arthritis, cancer or other complex conditions may find they have to pay thousands of dollars a year for their medications, even if their insurance plan covers most prescriptions.

In the United States, a baby is born dependent on opiates every 30 minutes. In Tennessee, the rate is three times the national average.

The drug withdrawal in newborns is called neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, which can occur when women take opiates during their pregnancies.

Illinois lawmakers set aside their bitter partisan bickering Wednesday to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's partial veto of bill addressing the state's heroin crisis.

The Psychology of How to Quit Smoking

Feb 10, 2015
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Quitting smoking is one of the top resolutions people make, coming in only behind weight loss and exercise. The CDC found that over two-thirds of smokers reported a desire to quit and over half tried to go at least one day without the habit in a given year. Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss how to kick the nicotine addiction.

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Law enforcement agencies have obtained indictments for 27 people in connection to a large drug operation in the Clarksville area. 

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

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