prescription drug abuse

Local/Regional News
3:06 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Gov. Beshear Cites Progress In Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he's been surprised by the progress made in fighting prescription drug abuse in the year since a state law took aim at the problem.

Beshear told reporters Thursday that the law has made some "swift changes" in combating a chronic state problem.

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Local/Regional News
5:40 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

A.G.'s Website Shows Impact Of Prescription Abuse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The video testimonials are sobering in a state where more people die from drug overdoses than auto wrecks.

A former Miss Kentucky Teen USA recounts how her father, a successful businessman, nearly lost everything because of his addiction to prescription pills. A father mourns his son's death after years of being hooked on painkillers.

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Local/Regional News
5:10 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Conference To Showcase Different Faces Of Drug Abuse

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A statewide coalition of drug prevention agencies is holding its annual conference in Lexington this week.  Different Faces of Substance Abuse brings together numerous stakeholders to address problems associated with the misuse and over-use of prescription drugs, according to event coordinator Jeanne Davis with the University of Kentucky.

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Local/Regional News
6:46 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Overdose Deaths Up 282 Percent

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new study shows drug overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 282 percent between 2000 and 2010.
 The study announced this week by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center analyzed information from emergency rooms, inpatient hospitalizations and mortality records.
The center is located at the University of Kentucky and is an agent for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

WUKY In Depth
9:23 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Why Vets Drink: Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Military

A military vehicle hit by an improvised explosive device. - photo courtesy Sgt. Matt McKenzie

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The U.S. military is no stranger to alcohol.

Ryan Donahue, a 27-year-old Louisville native, worked as an aircraft mechanic on the USS Eisenhower during Operation Enduring Freedom. The “party hard” mindset helped break up the monotony of constant training and work.

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Local/Regional News
7:15 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Beshear Says New Law Has Curbed Prescription Abuse

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  Kentucky's new law aimed at cutting prescription drug abuse has already led to the closure of 10 pain management clinics and a significant decrease in the amount of painkillers being prescribed, Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday.

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Local/Regional News
3:41 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Team To Investigate Veteran Mental Health Solutions

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear has tasked a team of military and health care specialists with developing new strategies to deal with mental health and substance abuse problems among veterans.

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Local/Regional News
1:06 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Beshear Signs Order To Regulate Prescriptions

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed emergency regulations that require doctors to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse.

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WUKY In Depth
1:54 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

In Depth: Detox Pregnancy - Helping Expectant Moms Overcome Drug Addiction

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of babies born in the U.S. going through opiate withdrawal has tripled over the past ten years. It follows a trend of skyrocketing prescription drug abuse.

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Local/Regional News
9:25 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Prescription Drug Summit Draws Kentucky Leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Top health leaders and lawmakers from Kentucky who are trying to end multi-state prescription drug trafficking and abuse are meeting in Florida this week.

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