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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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Here’s What Trump’s New Executive Order Means for Opioid Addiction

PBS NewsHour

Here’s What Trump’s New Executive Order Means for Opioid Addiction

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will lead a new national opioid commission created March 29 by an executive order from President Donald Trump that also maps out his administration’s latest strategy to combat the public health crisis. The commission will seek to secure federal monies to combat drug addiction, assess the availability of treatment centers nationwide, measure state drug prescription monitoring programs, and identify best practices for drug prevention.

McCaskill Launches Investigation of Opioid Drugmakers

McCaskill Launches Investigation of Opioid Drugmakers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D- Missouri, is seeking marketing information, sales records and studies from manufacturers of the top-selling opioid products in the United States to determine whether drugmakers have contributed to an overuse of the pain killers. From the Associated Press and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

Creating a Region-Wide Response to the Opioid Crisis in Western Kentucky

Creating a Region-Wide Response to the Opioid Crisis in Western Kentucky

As part of KET’s Inside Opioid Addiction initiative, a production team visited a board meeting of the McCracken County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) to learn more about the roots of the opioid abuse epidemic in Western Kentucky and what measures are being taken to bolster prevention and treatment efforts for at-risk populations.

How Will the Trump Administration Change the War on Opioids?

PBS NewsHour

How Will the Trump Administration Change the War on Opioids?

With an historic rise in fatal drug overdoses nationwide and a new president in the White House, the future is uncertain for programs trying to combat a growing public health crisis: opioid addiction. A review of the latest news about possible changes to federal drug policy from PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

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

PBS NewsHour

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.