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Associated Press

The fight to contain Kentucky’s opioid epidemic is taking many forms and it’s requiring public and private organizations to forge new partnerships.

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington’s needle exchange program is putting a human face on treatment options available for drug users.

AP

This week President Obama is scheduled to attend a major drug abuse conference organized by a Kentucky non-profit.

AP

With 2015’s heroin bill granting pharmacists greater leeway in dispensing the anti-overdose drug naloxone, the challenge now shifts to the education front.

AP

Republican State Sen. Chris McDaniel says he expects lawmakers will wind up reworking language in 2015’s anti-heroin bill during the next session.

Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths Rose In 2014

Jul 15, 2015
AP

A new report shows the number of people who died from drug overdoses in Kentucky jumped 7 percent last year while the number of deaths attributed to heroin stayed about the same.

AP

Kentucky is nearly leading the nation in drug overdose deaths – that’s according to a report released Wednesday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

AP

Lexington health officials are reporting progress in crafting a proposal for the city’s new needle exchange program, which could come before the Urban County Council by August. But the process isn’t as easy as implementing a simple policy change.

Josh James / WUKY

White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli is applauding the creation of a new task force devoted to studying the growing drug problem in Kentucky’s Sixth District. The drug czar attended a roundtable discussion with regional leaders Thursday in Lexington.

Louisville Approves Needle Exchange Program

Apr 24, 2015
AP

Kentucky's largest city has approved a needle exchange program in an effort to combat the state's heroin epidemic.

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