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Eastern Standard: Kentucky's Opioid Crisis

Sep 20, 2018

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.

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A 50 cent increase in Kentucky’s cigarette tax becomes official this weekend. Health advocates hope the per-pack hike will prompt many smokers to quit.

Come Sunday, a pack of cigarettes at Kentucky retailers will cost 50 cents more than the day before.  Coalition for a Smoke Free Tomorrow Chairman Ben Chandler says it’s an ideal time to quit.

Kentucky's Health Ranking Shows Slight Uptick

Dec 13, 2017
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Kentucky has made some progress in improving the health of its citizens.  The proof is found in some recent national ratings.

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Participants at Monday’s Health Policy Forum in Lexington heard a message about combating opioid addiction from journalist Sam Quinones. 

The Los Angeles Times reporter, spent ten years doing freelance work in Mexico.


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A new report shows just how far Appalachia has fallen behind the rest of the country on key health measures such as rates of cancer, heart disease and infant mortality.

Researchers say the region’s health gap is growing and they hope the data they’ve compiled will spur new approaches to health care.   


Health Advocacy Group Moving Toward Policy Focus

Jul 13, 2017
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The president of a Kentucky health advocacy organization says it’s a time of transition for his agency.  

The CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky spoke at a meeting of the Lexington Rotary Club Thursday.

 


Former Rep Chandler set to direct Humanities Council

May 17, 2013

For 21 years, Ben Chandler served Kentuckians in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This summer, he’ll find find himself in a new role, as he says, "telling Kentucky’s story" as Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.  We spoke this week with Mr.Chandler about the position he assumes on July 1st.

Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler was given the opportunity to view death photos of Osama Bin Laden this morning. The Versailles Democrat who sits on the House Intelligence Committee says they are images he won't soon forget.