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
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.
The nation’s opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency in 2017 and received new funding this past October. But rampant addiction led to some 40,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. last year, and 2019 could see the culmination of a flood of ensuing lawsuits seeking accountability. William Brangham speaks to Barry Meier, who explores the origins of the epidemic in a new book, “Pain Killer.”
Laura Santhanam from PBS NewsHour visits Hindman, Ky., to learn about the Culture of Recovery program at the Appalachian Artisan Center. The program allows persons affected by the opioid crisis and who have been through the court system to enroll in classes, where they learn to make Appalachian art and crafts including musical instruments.
According to the government’s annual mortality report released on Nov. 29, life expectancy in the U.S. overall fell in 2017 for the second time in three years. Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics with the National Center for Health Statistics, said the latest data suggest this mortality trend is heavily influenced by the ongoing drug epidemic and a rising rate of suicides nationwide. A report from PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam.
Nearly 30 percent of U.S. patients prescribed opioids by doctors over the course of a decade had no recorded pain diagnosis, according to a new letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from 31,943 visits in which a patient age 18 or older received an opioid prescription, but they did not make a conclusion that the resulting prescriptions without pain diagnoses were inappropriate. A report from PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam.
In this segment from Disrupting the Opioid Epidemic: A KET Forum, KET visits the police department in Alexandria, Ky., to learn about an innovative program. Alexandria's Angels program enlists a police social worker and a group of volunteer “angels” to personally help people enter into treatment and support them as they begin the road to long-term recovery. This clip is part of KET’s Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.
In this segment from Disrupting the Opioid Epidemic: A KET Forum, KET spends time with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Pharmacy Van as it visits the Jessamine County Health Department and provides community members with free Naloxone and training on how to use it. This clip is part of KET's Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.
In this segment from Disrupting the Opioid Epidemic: A KET Forum, viewers travel to Ashland KY, where a group of middle school students devised an innovative solution to address the issue of discarded syringes. This is part of KET's Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.
As death rates from opioid overdoses continue to rise, KET convenes the top experts in the state and a live studio audience to look at Kentucky's evolving response to this devastating epidemic. The program is part of KET's continuing coverage of the opioid crisis.