Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Frankort State Journal. September 20, 2022. Editorial: Needed: More conversations about addiction, mental health Our society can be contradictory at times. We celebrate when loved ones finish treatment cancer-free, but yet we don’t usually extend the same congratulatory wishes when someone overcomes a drug or alcohol addiction. It’s almost as though those who battle addiction … Read more

WVa Opioid Trial Verdict Still Pending Nearly a Year Later | West Virginia News

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the US opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn’t indicate when he would make a ruling on … Read more

Kentucky Shatters Its Fatal Overdose Record; Fentanyl Blamed | Kentucky News

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians … Read more

Group Formed to Oversee Distribution of Opioid Settlement | Kentucky News

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step Monday to turn a massive settlement into action to combat opioid addiction, as Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced members of a group overseeing the state’s share. The Bluegrass State will receive $483 million from settlements finalized this year with drugmaker Johnson & … Read more