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65% increase in overdoses in Louisville in just 6 months. (*Source: PRESS RELEASE: "United States Attorney Announces Heroin Intervention Program With DEA and Louisville Metro Police Department," dated September 21, 2016.)

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Louisville Hit Hard by ‘Deadliest Drug Crisis in American History’

There was a time when Louisville paramedics would go days without seeing a single drug overdose. Now, medics across the city are seeing a huge surge. Read more.

Officials say drugs, addiction touch almost everyone in Bullitt County

(WLKY-TV, February 3, 2017) Bullit County officials say almost everyone in the county has been affected by drugs and addition in some way. The heroin problem is so bad that one man says he has lost eight friends in one month. Read more.

Justices and Judges Participate in Kentucky Opioid Summit in Louisville

(Louisville Dispatch, February 2, 2017) Justices and judges from across Kentucky joined the statewide discussion on the escalating opioid epidemic at the court system’s first-ever summit on the crisis. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. hosted the Kentucky Opioid Summit for the state’s justices and judges January 25, 2017, in Louisville. The summit was attended by 168 Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, Family Court and District Court judges. Read more.
 

Ky House Speaker discusses heroin epidemic

(WLKY-TV, January 30, 2017) Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover said lawmakers in Frankfort are working together to secure more resources to fight the heroin epidemic across the state. He said lawmakers need to concentrate on making treatment options more available. Read more.  

5 things to know about trendy street drug fentanyl

(Louisville Courier-Journal, January 28, 2017) Fentanyl is legally used to treat acute pain for cancer patients but the street version is often hidden in counterfeit pills or mixed with heroin without the buyer’s knowledge. Read more. 

New long-acting treatment for opioid-use disorders, tested at UK, is one step closer to submission for FDA approval

(Kentucky Health News, January 27, 2017) Clinical trials of a long-acting therapeutic treatment to treat moderate to severe opioid-use disorders were shown to be effective, making the treatment a good contender for submission to the Food and Drug Administration for approval, according to a University of Kentucky news release. Read more.
 

Beyond the Data – Addressing the Unique Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Women

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, You Tube, January 24, 2017) Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Mishka Terplan, discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting women differently than men. Gender and biological differences need to be considered when providing care and recommended policy on federal, state, and local levels. Watch.

States hit hard by opioid crisis see increase in foster care kids

(CNHI News, January 19, 2017) The country’s drug-addiction epidemic is putting strains on foster care services in states hit hardest by the opioid crisis. Read more.
 

As demand increases, Louisville’s Healing Place begins $29 million expansion

(WDRB-TV, January 11, 2017) To battle an epidemic that’s not letting up on Louisville, the Healing Place is getting a facelift and expanding its campus. Read more.   

New partnership targets drug dealers for imprisonment

(WAVE-TV, January 10, 2017) A partnership between the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration and LMPD’s narcotics unit is targeting street drug dealers. Starting January of 2017, they will be holding street dealers accountable for every bad ounce they sell. Read more.

Kentucky ranks high on CDC report for states with most overdose deaths

(WDRB-TV, December 19, 2016) Kentucky is one of the worst states in the nation where people die from a drug overdose.

 

New data show continuing opioid epidemic in the United States

(Centers for Disease Control Press Release, December 16, 2016) Drug overdose deaths, including opioid deaths, continue to increase in the United States, according to new data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

 

Treatment vs. Punishment: A tale of two heroin stories

(WAVE3-TV, December 14, 2016) The battle rages on how to handle the heroin crisis. Some officials want more treatment. Others favor longer punishment. WAVE 3 News talked with several parents who’ve endured the same problem but experienced very different outcomes.

 

$29 million expansion to The Healing Place to help fight Louisville’s heroin epidemic

(WDRB-TV, December 13, 2016) Three-hundred men are turned away from the detox unit at The Healing Place each month simply because there aren't enough beds. That will soon change.

 

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

(Washington Post, December 8, 2016) Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75% from 2014 to 2015.

DEA and UofL School of Medicine hold panel on heroin epidemic

(WAVE3-TV, December 1, 2016) The heroin epidemic in Kentucky is a public health emergency. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Commonwealth ranks fourth in the country when it comes to drug overdoses. The DEA and UofL School of Medicine hosted experts from the medical and law enforcement fields to address the crisis.