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Health
2:07 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

West Kentucky Health Officials to Examine Need for Needle Exchange Programs

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Some health departments in western Kentucky area are mulling the possibility of implementing needle exchange programs to stem transmission of bloodborne diseases like HIV and Hepititus C.

In March, Gov. Beshear signed SB 192, also known as the heroin bill, which gives local health departments the option of starting a program allowing addicts to swap out dirty needles for clean ones.

Earlier this week, Lousiville began the process of starting its own program and while needle use of drugs like heroin is more prevalent in other parts of the state, health officials are starting to take a look at whether the need for a program is great enough in our area.

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Government
7:32 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Heroin Law Oversight Panel to Assess Impact of Legislation

Rep. Denver (Denny) Butler is co-chair of a new heroin task force.
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Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law.  The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.

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Health
1:04 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Heroin OD Reversal Drug Soon Available Without Prescription

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A drug that can reverse the effects of heroin and other opioid overdoses is now available without a prescription in Kentucky. 

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Health
8:34 am
Thu March 26, 2015

State Drug Czar Confident in New Heroin Law

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One of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of this year’s General Assembly session aims to curtail Kentucky’s heroin epidemic. 

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Government
7:54 am
Wed March 25, 2015

With Deadline Looming, Kentucky General Assembly Passes Heroin Bill and More

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State lawmakers worked into the early hours Wednesday to pass a series of bills before the Kentucky legislative session draws to a close. Lawmakers passed a comprehensive bill to address the state’s growing heroin problem, set a floor to the tumbling gas tax and extended protections domestic violence victims.

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Government
8:12 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kentucky Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Sentencing Heroin Traffickers

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Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.

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Government
8:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Progress Being Made on Gov. Steve Beshear's Health Goals for Kentucky, Report Says

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More Kentuckians are insured, protected from second-hand smoke and making healthier lifestyle choices, according to a recently released preliminary report on Gov. Steve Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative.

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Government
8:38 am
Thu March 12, 2015

House Speaker Remains Optimistic Some Priority Measures Can Still Win Passage

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo
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Many Kentucky lawmakers are probably a bit worn out after another late night session in Frankfort Wednesday. It's become a tradition for state legislators to work a long day right before the end of the session break.

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Government
8:24 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Kentucky General Assembly Adjourns For Veto Session Without Passing a Heroin Bill

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The Kentucky General Assembly adjourned late Wednesday night for a week and a half while Gov. Steve Beshear considers vetoes—and no bill addressing the state’s rising heroin problems had been passed.

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Government
7:17 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Time Running Out on Heroin Bill

State Sen. Whitney Westerfield supports the bill, but isn't sure when it will pass.
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The clock is ticking on legislation to address Kentucky’s heroin problem.

With the days waning in the legislative session, both the state House and Senate have passed their own versions of a heroin bill. A final version — which defines sentencing guidelines for drug traffickers, treatment options and whether a needle exchange will be included — has yet to be nailed down.

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