Health

Kentucky counties and cities get first installment of money from national opioid settlements

BY: - January 10, 2023

This article is republished from Kentucky Health News, a publication of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. Kentucky’s cities and counties have received their first installment of the state’s money from the national opioid settlement, most of which must be used to combat the opioid epidemic. Knox County Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell […]

Public health agencies try to restore trust as they fight misinformation

BY: - January 9, 2023

This story is republished from Kaiser Health News. OKLAHOMA CITY — By the summer of 2021, Phil Maytubby, deputy CEO of the health department here, was concerned to see the numbers of people getting vaccinated against covid-19 slipping after an initially robust response. With doubt, fear, and misinformation running rampant nationwide — both online and […]

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$1.3 million in donations will bring expansion, study of substance use recovery program

BY: - January 6, 2023

FRANKFORT –Volunteers of America Mid-States on Friday announced an expansion of its substance abuse recovery program and a long term study to look at its effects and success thanks to $1.3 million in donations.  The five-year study is being called Project Strong. Through it, researchers will follow graduates of the Freedom House program for five […]

Kentucky Supreme Court rejects Beshear’s claim that legislature wrongly curbed his emergency powers

BY: - December 29, 2022

  Citing legislative immunity, the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected Gov. Andy Beshear’s claim that the legislature acted unconstitutionally when it curbed his emergency powers in 2021. The court ruled that the state Constitution grants lawmakers immunity from such lawsuits. The legislation in question was a response to Beshear’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Among […]

Hundreds of hospitals sue patients or threaten their credit

BY: - December 29, 2022

This article is republished from Kaiser Health News. Despite growing evidence of the harm caused by medical debt, hundreds of U.S. hospitals maintain policies to aggressively pursue patients for unpaid bills, using tactics such as lawsuits, selling patient accounts to debt buyers, and reporting patients to credit rating agencies, a KHN investigation shows. The collection […]

Teva and Allergan settle opioid lawsuit with Kentucky for $114 million

BY: - December 22, 2022

Two more pharmaceutical manufacturers, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd., and Allergan PLC., have entered agreements with Kentucky to settle claims that they “fueled the opioid crisis by marketing, promoting, selling, and distributing opioids,” the Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office said Thursday. In a press release, the office said the agreements will bring more than $114 million […]

As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules

BY: - December 22, 2022

This article was first published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Ever since the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl began showing up in the illicit drug supply in 2014, the number of U.S. overdose deaths has skyrocketed — exceeding all other accidental deaths, including car crashes and gun violence. In response, the federal […]

ER doctors call private equity staffing practices iIllegal, seek to ban them

BY: - December 22, 2022

This article was first published by KHN (Kaiser Health News). A group of emergency physicians and consumer advocates in multiple states are pushing for stiffer enforcement of decades-old statutes that prohibit the ownership of medical practices by corporations not owned by licensed doctors. Thirty-three states plus the District of Columbia have rules on their books against […]

Walmart, Kentucky reach opioid settlement for more than $53 million

BY: - December 21, 2022

  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced an opioid settlement between Walmart and Kentucky for more than $53 million.  “This agreement with Walmart provides the Commonwealth with over $53 million to help Kentuckians who have been harmed by the opioid epidemic,” Cameron said in a news release. “The Commonwealth is among the states […]

Kentuckians urged to get vaccinated against flu which has already killed six children

BY: - December 19, 2022

Facing the worst flu outbreak in a decade, Kentucky has already recorded the deaths of six children from influenza, equaling the record for pediatric influenza flu deaths in a single season, according to a release from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office Monday afternoon. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu and said that three […]

Lexington physicians offer advice on protecting against respiratory illnesses during the holidays

BY: - December 19, 2022

As respiratory viruses surge, Lexington physicians on Monday urged Kentuckians to protect themselves and others this holiday season by getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19, staying home if you feel sick and masking and social distancing when possible. During a briefing for media,  Dr. Gena Cooper, medical director for pediatric emergency medicine at Kentucky Children’s […]

Mass shootings spur debate over whether crime scene photos prompt change or trauma

BY: - December 19, 2022

This article was first published by Kaiser Health News.   McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. — John Lites was one of the first police officers to respond to a 911 call from Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C, on June 17, 2015, when a white gunman murdered nine Black people attending a Bible study. Lites […]