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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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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.

Will Medicare Cover My Addiction Treatment?

PBS NewsHour

Will Medicare Cover My Addiction Treatment?

In his latest Making $ense blog, PBS NewsHour's Philip Moeller answers readers' questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other programs, including an inquiry from a person who had her rehabilitation treatment for a Xanax addiction denied by Medicare.

Federal Data Shows Opioid Shipments Ballooned as Crisis Grew

PBS NewsHour

Federal Data Shows Opioid Shipments Ballooned as Crisis Grew

The Associated Press reports on newly released federal data that revealed how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows that companies distributed an increase of over 50% in opioid pills to commercial pharmacies during the timeframe. During the same span, prescription opioids contributed to more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Adolescent Brain and Substance Use

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The Adolescent Brain and Substance Use

Dr. Tuckson speaks with cardiologist Dr. Patrick Withrow, director of outreach for Baptist Health Paducah.

Will Drug Companies Be Held Accountable for the Opioid Crisis?

PBS NewsHour

Will Drug Companies Be Held Accountable for the Opioid Crisis?

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.”

Art Is a Lifeline for This Appalachian Community Hit Hard by Opioids

PBS NewsHour

Art Is a Lifeline for This Appalachian Community Hit Hard by Opioids

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.

American Life Expectancy Has Dropped Again. Here’s Why.

PBS NewsHour

American Life Expectancy Has Dropped Again. Here’s Why.

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.

Addiction

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Addiction

Delve into America's opioid crisis - in a world in which many other diseases can be traced to addictive behavior, how do addictions work, and what can the science of addiction tell us about how we can resolve this dire social issue?

Report: Nearly 30 Percent of Patients Prescribed Opioids Had No Pain Diagnoses

PBS NewsHour

Report: Nearly 30 Percent of Patients Prescribed Opioids Had No Pain Diagnoses

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.

Alexandria’s Angels Program a Collaborative Effort to Help Curb Addiction

Alexandria’s Angels Program a Collaborative Effort to Help Curb Addiction

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.

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