opioid epidemic

Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley’s opioid crisis has given rise to a new health threat: the region now has some of the nation’s highest risk areas for outbreaks of needle-borne disease such as HIV.

Health experts say a needle exchange is a good defense, but exchange programs face public opposition. That was the case in Bourbon County, Kentucky, where local officials had twice rejected the idea. As part of the Ohio Valley ReSource series “Rural Risk,” Mary Meehan visited the county as people again considered a needle exchange.   

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Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new website for Kentuckians to find help for drug addiction and search for treatment centers.

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  Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing San Francisco-based opioid distributor McKesson Corporation for allegedly “flooding” the commonwealth with opioids.

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A Medicaid fraud attorney in the Kentucky attorney general's office has been appointed to a national group trying to address the opioid problem.

    The US is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, and Kentucky is ranked second highest in opioid related deaths. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss possible causes of and solutions to the epidemic.

DEA Beefs Up Ohio Valley Opioid Enforcement

Nov 29, 2017
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  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday enhanced federal enforcement targeting opioids in the Ohio Valley region, including a new Drug Enforcement Administration field division in Louisville.  

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Health researchers from universities around the region will gather Friday to discuss how their work can address the opioid epidemic. As Aaron Payne reports, the meeting marks the launch of an ambitious research consortium to better understand and treat addiction.

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  In 2010, Kentucky pulled funding for family drug courts, including Louisville’s. This court was for parents who had social services take their children away because of neglect or abuse as a result of addiction.

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  The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says opioid abuse is taking a toll on the state’s economic growth and development. David Adkisson says illicit drug use is a factor in the state’s low workforce participation rate.

Rebecca Kiger

  It’s been nearly one month since President Trump told a group of reporters he was declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency.

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