Dr. Tuckson speaks with Tony Parrott, executive director, and Angela Akridge, chief engineer, at Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District.
Despite high levels of drug abuse among the jail population nationwide, few facilities offer drug treatment programs. They don’t have the funds or the physical space. But the Kentucky Department of Corrections reports that statewide, half the people who went through a substance abuse program in jail say they stayed off illegal drugs for at least a year. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.
In Greenup County in northeastern Kentucky, the public health department and one of the area’s well-known media figures have joined forces to spread awareness about the variety of outdoor exercise options available to the county’s residents, and to motivate people to be active. In this episode of Kentucky Health, we learn more about Greenup County’s series of public health commercials and the messages behind them.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee Shaw is joined by Dr. Phillip Chang, chief medical officer at UK HealthCare, who discusses efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic by encouraging doctors and hospitals to minimize prescriptions for powerful narcotics. The program is part of KET's continuing coverage of the opioid crisis.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with two former presidents of the American Medical Association - Drs. Steven J. Stack and Ardis Dee Hoven.
Former smoker Ken Kurtz reflects on how he picked up the habit well into adulthood and how it came to control his daily life. Kurtz quit earlier this year after taking a Freedom from Smoking program and is enjoying a return to the healthier and less stressful life he knew before he started smoking.
Life coach Paige Bentley describes how she started smoking as a teenager because she thought it would make her "cool," continued smoking into her adult years despite health consequences, and ultimately quit with the help of group counseling.
Dr. Tuckson's guest is Bobbye Gray, RN, TTS, tobacco cessation administrator at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Part of KET's ongoing initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Selena Coomer, director of health services at the Healing Place in Louisville, describes how she quit smoking and the freedom she has found as a non-smoker. Part of KET's "Smoking and Health" initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
From KET's "Smoking and Health" initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, this article takes a closer look at the ways smoking harms the cardiovascular system and how quitting smoking can reverse much of the destructive impact, with insight from Kentucky cardiologists who are prominent public health advocates against tobacco use.