This special edition of Eastern Standard focuses on Kentucky's opioid addiction crisis. Yes, it's a crisis with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that Kentucky has one of the nation's highest rates of pregnant women addicted to these drugs.
Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is guest co-host and interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer," the book that exposed the roots of opioid addiction.
Other guests include Van Ingram, Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Policy; Dr. Dinesh Mazloomdoost, Medicial Director of Wellward Regenerative Medicine, discussing an alternative to pain pills; and Dr. David Bradford of the University of Georgia on research into the impact of legalized medical marijuana on prescription drug use.
The program is a prelude to a September 24th Lexington forum on Substance Abuse in Kentucky hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.