opioid addiction

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This is the first story in an occasional series exploring the links between addiction recovery and a recoverying economy. 

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A proposal to require opioids and other addictive medications to be dispensed in lockable vials has been spiked in the Tennessee Legislature.

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Attorney General Beshear is suing AmerisourceBergen for what he alleges are deceptive business practices that have flooded the commonwealth with opioids.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new website for Kentuckians to find help for drug addiction and search for treatment centers.

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A Kentucky legislative panel has approved a bill to require health officials to track the success of state-funded substance abuse treatment programs.

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 Attorney General Andy Beshear walked out of a committee hearing Thursday after Republican lawmakers interrogated him about a settlement the previous attorney general made with OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

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  Four Kentuckians die of drug overdoses every day, according to the state Office of Drug Control Policy. Most of those deaths are due to opioids, chief among them fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug that has properties similar to heroin.

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Lisa Gillespie, WFPL

  There are a lot of decisions that pregnant women addicted to opioids face.

They have to decide to get clean, for one. And they have to decide how to do it. But in Kentucky and across most of the country, the choice of treatment methods isn’t just about what’s best for the mother and her unborn baby.

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Kentucky's criminal ban on medical marijuana is being challenged in a lawsuit that says its use could help combat the state's opioid addiction woes. 

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