Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

September 21, 2017Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisisFRANKFORT – At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients.That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators yesterday in …

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(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

For Immediate Release February 17, 2017 This Week at the State Capitol February 13 – 17, 2017 FRANKFORT -- Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate. In-state newspapers have recently reported …

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 …

It’s not just about Marijuana, anymore…We are in a war for the right to food and water

  Above:  Old bottle of Paregoric. Circa 1940s. The large red X on the label indicates that it was classified as an "exempt narcotic", sold without prescription even though it contains morphine. Until 1970, paregoric could be purchased in the United States at a pharmacy without a medical prescription, in accordance with federal law.  Credit: …

Apparent overdose in Ohio McDonald’s parking lot captured on Facebook live

      Alyssa Raymond, WKYC 12:30 PM. CST November 19, 2016 SANDUSKY - A desperate search for help from the man seen in a Facebook Live stream who overdosed in a McDonald's Parking lot in Sandusky Thursday evening. The video and the man's story are a powerful reminder of the heroin and opioid epidemic …

JCPS senior receives national recognition from Girl Scouts for heroin documentary

Posted: Nov 07, 2016 11:59 AM CST Updated: Nov 07, 2016 11:59 AM CST Hannah Gadd LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Public Schools senior who created a documentary about heroin addiction has received national recognition from the Girl Scouts of the USA. Hannah Gadd, a student at Louisville Male High School, has been …

Bayer and Monsanto: a marriage made in hell

US agriculture giant Monsanto has agreed to a US$66 billion takeover by German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer. If the deal is approved by international regulators, Bayer-Monsanto will become the world’s biggest agribusiness, controlling 29 percent of the global seed market and 24 percent of pesticides. The companies have dismissed widespread concern about the deal …

KY: Bill to outlaw fentanyl trafficking aired in committee

For Immediate Release October 10, 2016 Bill to outlaw fentanyl trafficking aired in committee GRAYSON—Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman can think of days when Nicholasville has averaged two to four drug overdoses in 24 hours. Much of the blame for that, he told state lawmakers last week, goes to heroin and the abuse of the …

Could marijuana become a treatment for heroin addicts?

Some think it offers a gateway out of opioid use Matt Koesters | WCPO contributor 7:00 AM, Sep 25, 2016   Is marijuana a gateway drug? Carrie Roberts sure hopes so. %page_break%Roberts, a consultant with Colorado-based Medicine Man Technologies, doesn't believe that marijuana use leads to abuse of harder drugs, though. Instead, she thinks it …

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 Law of Unintended Consequences: Illicit for Licit Narcotic Substitution

Originally written July 15, 2014 at LINK below Martin R. Huecker, MD and Hugh W. Shoff, MD, MS   The dealers will not use it. Heroin dealers have explicit knowledge of the addictive properties of their product. The heroin addict is no longer the desperate character living under a bridge. She is a 17-year-old high …

Jesse Ventura Calls For Legalizing All Drugs

VIDEO AT THIS LINK By Jason Devaney   |   Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 04:54 PM Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wants to see marijuana and every other drug made legal in order to regulate them better. During a series of interviews with Newsmax TV, Ventura — the author of the book "Marijuana Manifesto" — said Wednesday …

Maryland has recently been cited as a state with a high rate of opioid addiction, and now some are seeing legalizing marijuana as taking a lead against the epidemic and are also urging southern states like Kentucky to join in.

Maryland has recently been cited as a state with a high rate of opioid addiction, and now some are seeing legalizing marijuana as taking a lead against the epidemic and are also urging southern states like Kentucky to join in. Newsmax reports that nine states will be voting on marijuana legalization in 2016, but is …

This Week in the Kentucky General Assembly

      This Week in the Kentucky General Assembly February 22-26 With the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 in its second half, lawmakers have voted on scores of bills, held numerous budget hearings to dig into the governor’s state spending plan and heard many hours of testimony on the major education, health care, and crime …

What the hell is the deal with doctors,the government and the bullshit with prescribed opiates?

    theonly1theymake   *Please excuse/ignore my crappy grammar .I was too lazy to edit before publishing and wrote this in a hurry on my phone. You’ve most like heard about,dealt with or had someone you know deal with the “epidemic” of prescribed narcotics. Daily,hourly,minute by minute Doctors Nurse practitioners ,and anyone else that can …

Pain Medication-Roger Mason

People are generally completely uninformed about pain medications. Doctors are almost as completely uninformed. Pain medication is a blessing for the TEMPORARY relief of pain, or for people who are dying and suffering. All drugs were legal in America for almost 150 years, until the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1913. There was not even an …

UK gets $6 million grant to research cocaine addiction

Saturday, November 21, 2015    Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 12:22 AM By Linda B. Blackford Lexington Herald-Leader LEXINGTON - A group of University of Kentucky researchers has won a $6 million grant to further develop a potential treatment for cocaine abuse. UK College of Pharmacy professor Chang-Guo Zhan, along with UK professors Fang Zheng …

Ian Bell: Let’s end the war on drugs by making them legal

IT could be a pub quiz question. What do Armenia and Argentina have in common? The Czech Republic and Chile? Paraguay and Poland? The answer isn’t football. Each has decided, in some fashion, that if you just say no to drugs, you say nothing useful at all. Depending on the definitions used, there are between …

"The irony of the situation is that he’s basically taking heroin to maintain his physical condition to continue to investigate major drug dealers," the attorney said.

How one FBI agent who busted drug rings became an addict     Washington (AFP) - Matthew Lowry once had a promising career in the FBI. But his drug addiction got the better of him, and on Thursday, he was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing heroin he had collected as evidence. Lowry, …

Heroin use and addiction are surging in the U.S., CDC report says

Rate of heroin use in the U.S. has climbed 63% in the past decade, according to experts at the CDC and FDA The rate of heroin abuse or dependence has jumped 90% between 2002 and 2013, new CDC report says Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is …

Bali nine men brace for execution on Tuesday

April 26, 2015 - 11:27PM   Jewel Topsfield Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Myuran Sukumaran has painted what could be his last self-portrait: a torso with a palm-sized black hole over the heart dripping with blood. The eerie painting, brought back from Nusakambangan by their lawyer Julian McMahon, is a portent of Bali nine pair's  ghastly …

As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya

One evening last November, a handful of policemen in Kenya's sweltering port city of Mombasa were handpicked to help in the final stages of a U.S.-led drugs sting that spanned three continents. The target was a mansion in the wealthy beach suburb of Nyali. The policemen were banned from using their mobile phones and the …

Can medical marijuana curb the heroin epidemic?

Author Miriam Boeri Associate Professor of Sociology at Bentley University Disclosure Statement Miriam Boeri does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations. The Conversation is funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, …

Gov. Beshear, First Lady Beshear and Attorney Gen. Conway Announce Funding for Heroin Overdose Reversal Kits

Tuesday, 01 06, 2015 Kerri Richardson Terry Sebastian 502-564-2611 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that heroin overdose reversal kits will be purchased for Kentucky hospitals with the highest rates of heroin overdose deaths. Overdose patients will receive a kit free of charge when …

Op-Ed Cannabis crazy: It doesn’t just describe the move to legalize weed. It could happen to you.

    By Susan Shapiro An author who had 'an extreme addiction' to marijuana asks society to consider: Is the high worth the lows? In 2014, our country went cannabis crazy, bringing to 18 the number of states decriminalizing pot. Colorado opened boutiques selling “mountain high suckers” in grape and butterscotch flavors and posted signs …

Lawmakers will try heroin bill again

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 11:14 pm By RONNIE ELLIS CNHI News Service   FRANKFORT – No Kentucky lawmaker opposes better methods to combat a rising tide of heroin addiction, but the specifics of how to do it — and politics — get complicated. Nevertheless, key lawmakers — including new Senate budget chairman and candidate …

Kentucky Senate passes bill that could make heroin traffickers face homicide charges

    SB 5 passed 36-0 Thursday with Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, passing. By Kevin Wheatley, Published: January 17, 2014 10:19AM The Senate passed a bill Thursday to combat the state’s growing heroin problem, though not without questions during a committee hearing earlier in the day on certain provisions’ constitutionality. Senate Bill 5 passed 36-0 …

Pot Block! Trapped in the Marijuana Rescheduling Maze

One citizen-journalist’s journey into the drug war bureaucracy shows why previous efforts to reschedule pot have been DEA’d on arrival. Harmon Leon October 30, 2013       Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug in America. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Cannabis sativa is as dangerous as …