Opioid Epidemic

Karyn Czar

A new program using the latest technology to educate and hopefully prevent teens from using opioids and other drugs is ready to launch in Lexington. More from WUKY’s Karyn Czar.


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The Kentucky Supreme Court has sided with Gov. Matt Bevin in his bid to rein in outside spending in the office of his rival in the 2019 governor’s race, Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

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A drugstore in Kentucky obtained more opioid pills on a per person basis per county than any other retail pharmacy in the country between 2006 and 2012., according to reporting by the Washington Post.

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Vice President Mike Pence announced millions in new federal funding to help combat Kentucky’s opioid crisis during an appearance in Manchester Thursday – and linked the drug problem to the border. 

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The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center has been awarded about $700,000 in grant money to identify how businesses can prevent opioid addiction in the workplace and help employees recover.

University of Kentucky

In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study.

Jenny Wells-Hosley

Tackling America’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic is the focus of a special program Thursday at the University of Kentucky.  Sam Quinones, former LA Times journalist and author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,”  will give a public talk on his book, and Kentucky’s significant role in spreading the crisis.

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In her inaugural State of the City address Tuesday, which she tweaked to include the "State of the County," Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton zeroed in on opioids and economic development as targets for improvement. 

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Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton says it’s time to marshal the resources of the wider community if the city wants to get serious about blunting the effects of the opioid addiction crisis. 

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A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world's largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public.

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