Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths Jump 11.5 Percent In 2017

Jul 25, 2018
Associated Press

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are increasing despite a drop in opioid prescriptions and heroin use.

Ky. AG Beshear Sues Walgreens For Role In Opioid Crisis

Jun 15, 2018
Josh James

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

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Every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal; that’s according to a report recently released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

UK Now

Since 2014 the University of Kentucky has been helping pregnant women with opioid use disorder get clean and deliver healthy babies.  Now the PATHways program will be expanded and offered in twelve other communities across the state thanks to a nearly $5 M federal grant announced Tuesday.

Kentucky Seeks Relief As Autopsy Requests Surge

Apr 30, 2018
AP Photo/Patrick Sison

Kentucky officials have partnered with the state's two largest universities to handle the increasing number of autopsy requests because of the 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.

Josh James / WUKY

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.