drug abuse

9:42 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky State Senate Approves Heroin Legislation

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill meant to fight the state's heroin problem.

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.

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.

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8:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems

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A Kentucky lawmaker says decriminalizing drugs and devoting enforcement efforts to healthcare is the only way to stop the state’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

Sen. Perry Clark says legislation proposed for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session is more of the same in the failed War on Drugs.

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.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Born Addicted: Growing Numbers of Newborns in Crisis

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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. 

Friday Laura joined us on Byline to talk about the latest installment in the series, focusing on newborns suffering from serious opiate withdrawal symptoms because of the drug use of their mothers.

Local News
3:52 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Officials Say Prescription Drug Restrictions Are Working

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State officials say a bipartisan measure passed by the General Assembly this spring is making an impact on the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.

The legislation, known as House Bill 1, established tougher regulations of clinics that prescribe controlled substances such as Oxycontin and other pain killers. Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that entrepreneurs are already taking notice.

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