Kentucky opioid epidemic News

Kentucky to Receive Nearly $31.5M in Federal Funds to Combat Opioid Abuse

Kentucky will receive a big infusion of federal funds to reinforce efforts to combat the state’s addiction woes from the opioid epidemic. The assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services comes a few weeks after Kentucky officials …

Kentucky Gov., Attorney General Opioid Lawsuit Battle Goes to State Supreme Court

A feud between Kentucky’s top two elected officials – and potential adversaries in this year’s governor’s race – spilled over into the state Supreme Court on Thursday as lawyers argued about who controls the state’s lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors …

Opioids Blamed for 11.5% Spike in Kentucky Overdose Deaths Last Year

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are increasing despite a drop in opioid prescriptions and heroin use. A new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says 1,565 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. That’s an 11.5 percent …

How Opioids are Impacting the Kentucky Workforce

The pickings have gotten slimmer when Mike Bowling needs to hire someone for his convenience stores in London and Manchester, where he also has a tobacco store. “This is the hardest I’ve ever seen getting workers and keeping workers,” said …

Kentucky AG Files Opioid Lawsuit Against Walgreens

Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general has filed a sixth lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing of opioid-based painkillers. Andy Beshear announced on Thursday that he has filed a lawsuit against Walgreens in Boone Circuit Court. Beshear says Deerfield, Illinois-based …

Kentucky Sues Cardinal Health Over State Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky’s attorney general on Monday filed a lawsuit against drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc , accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic by failing to halt or report suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers. Attorney …

Kentucky Accuses Drug Distributor of Helping Fuel Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky’s attorney general on Monday accused drug distributor McKesson Corp of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by failing to halt shipments of suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers. The complaint by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear …

Lexington Joins 30 Other Kentucky Cities in Opioid Addiction Lawsuit

A Kentucky city is suing more than a dozen drug manufacturers and distributors to recoup the escalating cost of dealing with drug addiction. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city of Lexington filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, alleging the companies …

2 Kentucky Counties to Sue Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

Officials in two Kentucky counties have voted to hire attorneys to file lawsuits against wholesale drug distributors to help pay for the costs of combating the opioid epidemic. The Kentucky Enquirer reports Boone and Kenton counties approved the measures last …