John Tilley

2:25 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

After Debate Over Needle Exchanges, Kentucky House Passes Heroin Bill

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Several Kentucky legislators on Friday spoke against a provision in the House’s heroin bill that would allow local health districts to start needle exchanges—but the chamber unanimously passed the bill.

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6:36 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Judge Uses Drug to Aid Addicts' Recovery

Legislative interim judiciary committee co-chairs John Tilley and Whitney Westerfield heard a case for opiate addition treatment yesterday.

In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.

Judge Fred Moses presented his case Thursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.


In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol  drug courts in the country.  Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.


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4:02 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers to Discuss Death Penalty Friday in Paducah

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Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary meets in Paducah Friday for a discussion of the state's death penalty. 

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9:25 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Tilley: “All Options” Considered for Heroin Bill’s Revival

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State lawmakers are reconsidering legislation that would combat Kentucky’s heroin problem.

Rep. John Tilley, a Democrat from Hopkinsville, chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee. 

He is working with his Senate committee counterpart, Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield, and other lawmakers to revive the failed bill.

“"There’s a very concerned group of us who are meeting and discussing it often, and everything is still on the table,” said Tilley.

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6:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill


A high-profile measure that would enact tougher heroin laws in Kentucky failed to gain traction in the state House in the waning moments of this year's legislative session.

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12:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

KY Lawmaker Says Local Veterans Need More Mental Health Support

Representative John Tilley
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  A Kentucky legislator who lives near Fort Campbell says some soldiers returning from the War on Terror are experiencing mental health problems and are not asking for help. State Representative John Tilley says most believe doing so would end their military careers.

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11:50 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Beshear Signs Synthetic Drugs Bill in Hopkinsville

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is in Hopkinsville today to sign into law legislation aimed at curbing the use of synthetic drugs.  

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