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Kentucky has the third-highest drug overdose death rate in the United States. KET is working to elevate awareness of the complex issues that surround this public health crisis through the Inside Opioid Addiction initiative. Funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, this initiative explores the many dimensions of this crisis and pathways toward solutions. Learn More

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Facing Pressure, Insurance Plans Loosen Rules for Covering Addiction Treatment

PBS NewsHour

Facing Pressure, Insurance Plans Loosen Rules for Covering Addiction Treatment

Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, will remove a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat opioid addiction. The change, which allows doctors to more quickly prescribe medications such as Suboxone to help patients with withdrawal, takes effect in March. It puts Aetna in the company of Anthem and Cigna, which both recently dropped the prior authorization requirement. From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

Journey to Recovery

Journey to Recovery

Examine the opioid epidemic and explore the treatment options available in Kentucky to those battling the disease of addiction. The program is narrated by Grammy-winning recording artist and Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson.

Inside Opioid Addiction Forum

Inside Opioid Addiction Forum

This town hall forum brings together policy makers, treatment providers, law enforcement, and influencers to discuss ways to battle the opioid crisis. Guests include John Tilley, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Human Services; Charlotte Wethington, who works with the grass-roots group People Advocating Recovery; Nancy Hale, President and CEO of Operation UNITE; Emerson Goodwin, corporate regional director of KentuckyCare; and Tara Moseley, who works with Young People in Recovery. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Mysterious Cluster of Amnesia Cases, Possibly Tied to Opioids, Alarms Health Officials

PBS NewsHour

Mysterious Cluster of Amnesia Cases, Possibly Tied to Opioids, Alarms Health Officials

Public health officials on Jan. 26 said they had detected a bizarre cluster of cases in which patients in Massachusetts developed amnesia over the past few years – a highly unusual syndrome that could be connected to opioid use. The officials have identified only 14 cases so far. But officials said it’s possible that clinicians have simply missed other cases.

Opioids As a First Response to Pain? Hospitals Are Rethinking that Policy

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Opioids As a First Response to Pain? Hospitals Are Rethinking that Policy

With heroin deaths now surpassing gun homicides, hospitals have been rewriting protocols and retraining staff to minimize prescriptions of narcotic painkillers. Emergency departments, in particular, feel a heavy responsibility to take action: Collectively, they’re one of the top prescribers of opioids nationwide, behind family and internal medicine practices. A report from STAT and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

Hepatitis C: A Growing and Serious Health Crisis

Kentucky Health

Hepatitis C: A Growing and Serious Health Crisis

Dr. Matthew C. Cave, associate professor of medicine at University of Louisville Health Care Outpatient Center, discusses Hepatitis C and its increased prevalence in the commonwealth during this decade.

Developing an Effective Drug Prevention Model

Kentucky Health

Developing an Effective Drug Prevention Model

Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dana Quesinberry, an attorney with the Kentucky Drug Overdose Prevention Program, and Kentucky Injury Prevention and the Research Center at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health; and Dr. Joann Schulte, director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.

Pain Management Without Addiction

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Pain Management Without Addiction

What are the best practices for the safe use of opioids in pain management? Which non-pharmaceutical pain treatments work? Renee Shaw and guests explore pain management approaches that don’t create addiction. Part of KET's Inside Opioid Addiction initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Heroin Deaths Soar Compared to Other Opioids, New Study Shows

Heroin Deaths Soar Compared to Other Opioids, New Study Shows

According to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics, heroin deaths have soared in recent years while deaths from other opioids have remained relatively flat. More than 47,000 people died of drug overdose in the United States in 2014 at a rate of 14.7 deaths per 100,000 people, more than double the rate reported 15 years earlier, according to the study. And in 2014, heroin use was linked to nearly a quarter of those deaths. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

Heroin Deaths Exceeded Gun Homicides in 2015

PBS NewsHour

Heroin Deaths Exceeded Gun Homicides in 2015

Last year, more than 30,000 people died from opioid overdoses, which cause almost two-thirds of all overdoses in the U.S., according to data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those data also show that last year, heroin deaths went up 20 percent, exceeding gun homicides. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, joins Alison Stewart.