opioid epidemic

    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.  

Mary Meehan, ohiovalleyresource.org

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.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  The number of Kentuckians likely to die due to opioid overdoses and prescription cocktails is expected to increase again this year, according to the state Office of Drug Control Policy. At a symposium held at Baptist Health Hospital in Paducah, Tuesday, doctors were asked to check themselves and their practices.

Trump Ignores Call For Opioid Emergency: What It Means For The Ohio Valley

Aug 9, 2017
Rebecca Kiger

The Trump administration’s top health official backed away from a presidential commission’s proposal to declare a national public health emergency to address the opioid crisis.

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Kentucky's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary will testify before Congress about the nation's opioid epidemic.

   A top Republican lawmaker says Kentucky settled a lawsuit against a major prescription painkiller for "pennies on the dollar" to avoid an embarrassing conflict of interest for the state's Democratic attorney general.

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