opioid

COMMENTARY

Kentucky has the money for once. Will the legislature have the vision?

BY: - January 2, 2024

Kentucky’s new Attorney General Russell Coleman is right when he says prevention is the weak link in the long-running war on drugs. Turning the tide will take a lot more than retreading D.A.R.E. or Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign, though. If we’re serious about prevention, we’ll work to help more Kentuckians grow up in […]

States strive to get opioid overdose drug to more people

BY: - December 11, 2023

Posing as shoppers, a team of researchers from the University of Mississippi called nearly 600 pharmacies across the state and asked a simple, yes-or-no question: “Do you have naloxone that I can pick up today?” Mississippi enacted a law authorizing pharmacists to sell the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone — often sold under the brand […]

Pitched as ‘opioid alternative,’ laser robot treats pain without pills

BY: - November 22, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Stefanie Nasca’s car is her office, and she drives it at least six hours a day across Kentucky and Indiana for her lab sales job.  So, when the Louisville woman suffered back pain, she couldn’t take a break from the extensive driving and sitting.  “I would go to stand up and I’d be […]

Louisville opioid settlement board opens grant applications

BY: - October 30, 2023

LOUISVILLE – The board tasked with spending Louisville’s opioid settlement money has asked organizations to apply for grants to help prevent addiction and offer long term recovery support.  The Louisville Opioid Distribution Settlement Advisory Board will give out $5.3 million in its second grant round a little more than a month after it was established. […]

Bipartisan bill would clear way for distribution of fentanyl test strips in Kentucky

BY: - March 1, 2023

FRANKFORT — Fentanyl test strips could no longer be considered drug paraphernalia in Kentucky under a bipartisan bill that passed a House committee Wednesday.  The House Standing Committee on Judiciary approved the measure 17-0, with three members passing  House Bill 353, sponsored by Reps. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill and Rachel Roberts, D-Newport, states:  “Testing […]

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 […]