Cheri Lawson

Earlier this month 37 year old Austin Eubanks was the keynote speaker at Kentucky’s second annual Harm Reduction Summit in Northern Kentucky where officials addressed substance abuse prevention and recovery. According to Harm Reduction International, there is no universally accepted definition of harm reduction.

Stu Johnson

Kosair Charities is contributing $250,000 to expand clinical and educational resources in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect in the Bluegrass and Cumberland Valley regions. 

The announcement came Friday morning at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. Pediatric Forensic Medicine Chief Dr. Christina Howard says sections of the Commonwealth face diverse challenges.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Primaries A Month Away

Apr 19, 2019

This week in Kentucky politics, Democratic candidates for governor finally appeared on stage for the first time ahead of next month’s primary election. And a battle is waging over the votes of teachers, who held massive protests in Frankfort in recent years. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

University of Kentucky

The largest grant ever given to the University of Kentucky will support research to reduce opioid deaths in 16 Kentucky counties.  The four-year, $87 million grant comes from the National Institutes of Health.  Kentucky is one of four sites selected.

Kentucky Democratic Party

With about a month to go before Kentucky’s primary elections, all three major Democratic candidates for governor appeared together on stage for the first time on Thursday.

During a forum held by Louisville’s Rotary Club, candidates differed only slightly in their stances on a wide range of issues including preserving Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion, shoring up public education and allowing casino gambling to generate revenue for the state’s ailing pension systems.

But the candidates are still trying to set themselves apart.

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a bill raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 across the country.

During a news conference in Louisville Thursday, McConnell said he will introduce the legislation in May.

“By raising the age you could legally purchase to 21, tobacco won’t be in most high schools, presenting fewer opportunities for children to get their hands on vaping devices,” McConnell said.

While the recent E coli outbreak continues to spread, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are narrowing in on the precise source of the outbreak.

Dr. Jeffrey Howard,  Kentucky’s Commissioner of Public Health,says the CDC has broadly determined that ground beef is the culprit. The manufacturer of the tainted ground beef has not been determined.

Tracks Announce Plan To Phase Out Lasix On Race Day

Apr 18, 2019
Wall Street Journal

Leading players in the horse racing industry are announcing the phase out of Lasix on race day.  The elimination of what has been considered a performance enhancing medication will occur over the next two years.

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said  “this issue of race day medication has been the one place that has kept us inconsistent with the rest of the world." 

Thomason said it’s an issue that’s been debated for decades within the horse racing industry.


Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research have received an $87 million federal grant to study how to prevent overdose deaths.

The goal of the 4-year effort is to reduce overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 Kentucky counties. 

The grant is part of an initiative called NIH HEAL---- Helping to End Addiction Long-term. It is an effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid crisis.

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL

In his first interview since a scathing federal audit and a KyCIR investigative series, the commissioner of the state Department of Workplace Standards acknowledged that agency culture, a lack of accountability and staffing shortages had often led to poor investigations.

But Commissioner Dwayne Depp, who oversees the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health agency, said that after years of “challenges and deficiencies,” Kentucky’s worker safety agency is on the right track.



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The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday more than a dozen indictments against doctors in the Ohio Valley on charges relating to the illegal distribution of opioids. These are the first major indictments from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which started work in December.

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Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story — a story of a family’s struggle.

“We took a huge risk, to be perfectly honest, because we didn’t know. We weren’t trying other people’s CBD products that were out there,” Bluegrass Hemp Oil Co-owner Adriane Polyniak, said.

Polyniak’s son, Colten, began inexplicably having violent seizures in 2009 when he was three. He was diagnosed with idiopathic generalized epilepsy.

Mine Safety Debt For WV Gov. Justice’s Family Companies Grows to $4M

Apr 9, 2019
WV Office of the Governor

An Ohio Valley ReSource analysis of federal mine safety data shows that the companies belonging to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owe $4.3 million in delinquent debt for mine safety violations. That is far more than the companies owed when Justice ran for governor in 2016, when he pledged to make good on such debts.

The Justice companies still have the highest delinquent mine safety debt in the U.S. mining industry.


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