drug abuse http://wfpl.org en Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-senate-approves-heroin-legislation <p>FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill meant to fight the state's heroin problem.</p><p>The Senate on Thursday voted 36 to 0 in support of the bill, which includes multiple provisions to address a growing epidemic of heroin abuse across the state. It enforces new punishments and funds treatment.</p><p>Eric Specht, who founded the anti-heroin group North Kentucky Hates Heroin after his son Nicolas died from an overdose last year, told lawmakers that the bill’s expansion of treatment options would have helped his son.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:42:28 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8273 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-heroin-bill-another-hammer-wont-fix-drug-problems <p>A Kentucky lawmaker says decriminalizing drugs and devoting enforcement efforts to healthcare is the only way to stop the state’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.</p><p>Sen. Perry Clark says legislation proposed for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session is more of the same in the failed War on Drugs.</p><p>Clark takes issue with a plan by Senate colleague Katie Stine that would combat heroin by stiffening the penalties for traffickers and making overdose deaths a criminal homicide.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7782 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems Born Addicted: Growing Numbers of Newborns in Crisis http://wfpl.org/post/born-addicted-growing-numbers-newborns-crisis <p>For the past two years, the Courier-Journal has been investigating Kentucky’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, with reporting by the C-J's medical writer Laura Ungar.&nbsp;</p><p>Friday Laura joined us on <em>Byline</em> to talk about the <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120826/NEWS01/308260033">latest installment in the series</a>, focusing on newborns suffering from serious opiate withdrawal symptoms because of the drug use of their mothers.</p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:26:50 +0000 Brad Yost 1666 at http://wfpl.org Born Addicted: Growing Numbers of Newborns in Crisis Officials Say Prescription Drug Restrictions Are Working http://wfpl.org/post/officials-say-prescription-drug-restrictions-are-working <p class="msonospacing"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="4"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; color: black; font-size: 14pt">State officials say a bipartisan measure passed by the General Assembly this spring is making an impact on the state&rsquo;s prescription drug abuse epidemic. </span></font><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; color: black; font-size: 10pt"><o:p></o:p></span></font></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:52:34 +0000 Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio 1109 at http://wfpl.org Officials Say Prescription Drug Restrictions Are Working