opioid crisis

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

New data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Fewer high schoolers in the region appear to be using opioids.

Anthony Scott Lockard / KY River Dist. Health

In a room at the Letcher County Health Department in Whitesburg, Kentucky, about 20 people are learning how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication.

STU JOHNSON / WEKU

A congressional field hearing in Lexington Thursday included discussion on issues related to opioid recovery and transitional housing.  Testimony on opioid use for pain management was also presented.

Bill Ambrose / Your Voice Ohio

An Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region's opioid crisis. The effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed another lawsuit against a drug manufacturer, accusing a company that makes morphine and codeine of using deceptive marketing to promote painkillers that fueled the drug addiction epidemic in Kentucky.

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Federal authorities in Kentucky said Thursday they uncovered schemes to divert thousands of powerful opioid painkillers and submit millions of dollars in false medical billings as part of the government's nationwide crackdown on health care fraud.

Ryland Barton/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky’s attorney general wants the state to stop investing taxpayer dollars and retirement contributions in companies that have profited from the opioid crisis. 

Aaron Payne

Addiction specialists say recovery is not the same for any two people. And organizations around the Ohio Valley, which has the nation’s highest rates of addiction, are trying to offer a range of programs to meet the needs. Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Aaron Payne looks at one such program that tries to tap into a person’s green thumb.

Cory Sharber, WKMS

A pair of recently published studies analyzing wastewater in two western Kentucky communities discovered the highest per-capita consumption rates of methamphetamine and amphetamine in the United States, according to Dr. Bikram Subedi.

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An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state's opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.

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