Opioid Epidemic

AG Beshear Files Fifth Opioid Lawsuit

Apr 18, 2018
Office of Kentucky Attorney General

Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has filed a fifth lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing of opioid-based painkillers.

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Hundreds of clinicians and researchers from across the Commonwealth and the country are in Lexington Friday for a conference on the Opioid Crisis in Kentucky.  It’s being presented by the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  WUKY's Alan Lytle spoke with center director Dr. Philip A. Kern, and Conference Chair, Dr. Sharon Walsh, director of the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

Karyn Czar

A national pharmacy chain has joined the fight against prescription drug addiction. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to the Bluegrass Thursday to meet with families of overdose victims. The country’s top lawyer said it’s time to toughen penalties for sellers of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky's attorney general has filed another lawsuit against a pharmaceutical distributor that he blames for the state's opioid addiction problems.

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Independent Producer Nadia Ramlagan kicks off her series of reports on the opioid crisis by spending a day at the Fayette County Health Department's weekly needle exchange.  The OA Chronicles can be heard exclusively on WUKY.

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Independent producer Nadia Ramlagan is on a mission to collect and tell stories from those caught up in the opioid epidemic.  The Maryland native recently moved to the Lexington area and discovered that Kentucky's second largest city has a long history when it comes to heroin and other opiates, starting with the establishment of the now defunct Narco Farm in 1935.  Nadia's reports, which we're dubbing The OA Chronicles - (OA - short for Opioid Addiction,) will soon air exclusively on WUKY.

Kentucky Could Tax Opioids To Close Budget Gap

Feb 28, 2018
Patrick Sison / Associated Press

Kentucky has one of the highest opioid drug overdose death rates in the country. Now legislative leaders say it could become the first state to tax opioid prescription painkillers to help pay for public schools.

Ky. AG Beshear Sues Opioid Distributor

Feb 19, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky's attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday against another pharmaceutical distributor linked to a pipeline inundating the state with dangerously addictive opioid painkillers.  Cardinal Health was accused by Attorney General Andy Beshear of distributing millions of prescription opioid doses into a state struggling with drug overdose deaths.

Arts Programs Gaining Foothold In Kentucky Drug Courts

Nov 21, 2017
Joanna Hay Productions

Drug Courts are designed to take a public health approach to help defendants break the cycle of addiction and stay out of jail.  They include a substance abuse program supervised by a judge.  Drug courts currently operate in 113 Kentucky Counties and to graduate from the program is a huge accomplishment as it can take upwards of 3 years to complete the process.  Sadly some participants experience setbacks along the way; with tragic consequences.  WUKY’s Alan Lytle introduces us to a woman who has used the pain of personal loss to help others on their path to healing and wholeness.

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