Gov. Bevin Launches ‘Message of Hope’ Campaign as part of Don’t Let Them Die Initiative

Commonwealth of KentuckyGovernor's OfficeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.govGov. Bevin Launches 'Message of Hope' Campaign as part of Don't Let Them Die Initiative FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2017) - Governor Bevin’s office will begin placing painted rocks around Kentucky this afternoon in order to raise awareness for Kentucky's opioid epidemic and the “Don’t Let Them Die” …

Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee

For Immediate Release February 16, 2017 Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee FRANKFORT—A bill that would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs tied to an increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Trafficking in any amount of fentanyl, a …

How police tracked down a suspected heroin dealer after a rash of overdoses in Nicholasville

By Karla Ward kward1@herald-leader.com   When a narcotics detective with the Nicholasville Police Department heard about a surge in heroin overdoses in Jessamine County this week, he got busy. The detective, also a task force officer with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, notified Nicholasville Emergency Medical Services Tuesday that if there were more suspected heroin …

House passes medical cures bill

By Peter Sullivan - 11/30/16 06:40 PM EST The House on Wednesday passed a medical innovation bill aimed at curing diseases, with the measure securing bipartisan support after months of negotiations.The legislation, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, passed 392-26. It seeks to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new drugs …

Why are more Americans in jail for marijuana use than violent crime?

More people in the United States are now in jail for marijuana possession than for all violent crimes combined, a new study finds....On any given day in the US, at least 137,000 Americans are in prison on drug possession, not sales, charges, says a new report that finds that the "tough on drugs" policies may …

U.S. Attorney General addresses opioid, heroin addiction during Richmond town hall

BY CRITLEY KING CNHI News Service RICHMOND — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to a crowded auditorium at a Town Hall meeting in Richmond as part of the Obama Administration’s newly designated National Prescription Opium and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. The audience, mainly consisting of young people, was addressed on the dangers of heroin …

The stark difference in how doctors and the government view marijuana

By Christopher Ingraham August 29 at 11:23 AM   Nathaniel P. Morris is a resident physician at Stanford Hospital specializing in mental health. He recently penned a strongly worded op-ed for ScientificAmerican.com on the differences between how some in the medical community view marijuana and how the federal government regulates it. "The federal government's scheduling …