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Kentucky Health Issues Poll: 80 percent of Ky. adults favor court-mandated treatment for drug offenders

Eight out of 10 Kentucky adults favor court-mandated treatment programs for individuals with first or second drug offenses, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Among polled adults, those with more education were more likely to report support of treatment programs, which can be ordered in place of or in addition to incarceration. KHIP, an annual opinion poll of Kentucky adults,...

KHIP: Historic shift in perceptions and most Kentucky adults now believe addiction is a disease

The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%).  Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems as a result of heroin use, methamphetamine use, or prescription drug use and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience...

Poll: 24 percent of adult Kentuckians know someone misusing prescription pain relievers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Whether it’s the misuse of prescription pain relievers, heroin or methamphetamine, the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll findings indicate that many Kentuckians have a drug problem. The poll, conducted Oct. 24 to Dec. 2, found that nearly one in four Kentucky adults, or 24 percent, said they knew someone who had experienced problems as a result of prescription...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Most Kentuckians say childhood obesity is a serious problem

More than 90 percent of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a problem in the Commonwealth, with 56 percent characterizing it as a serious problem, according to the latest report from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Only 6 percent say childhood obesity is not a problem. Thirty-four percent of Kentucky children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the Data Resource Center...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: One in four Kentucky adults concerned about losing health insurance

Click for larger image Twenty-four percent of Kentucky adults ages 18-64 are concerned they may lose their health coverage, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Due in part to Medicaid expansion, public insurance coverage has increased from 29 percent in 2016 to 35 percent in 2017, but 15 percent of Kentucky adults have no health coverage and an additional 6 percent currently...

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky adults want schools tobacco-free, will this be the year for a statewide law?

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most Kentucky adults, by far, want schools to be tobacco-free — and bills to do just that have been introduced in the Senate and the House. The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, taken Oct. 24 to Dec. 2, found that 87 percent of Kentucky adults favor tobacco-free campuses. Support was strong across party lines, with 89 percent of Democrats, 87 percent...

Poll finds most Kentuckians support a law to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21

Nearly six in 10 Kentucky adults favor raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey, taken Oct. 24-Dec. 2, found that 58 percent of Kentucky adults favored such a law and 39 percent opposed it, with majority support from both Democrats (63 percent) and Republicans (56 percent). Support among independents was 46 percent....

Researchers say e-cigs safer, but boost chances of youth smoking; more young adults vaping

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federally commissioned report on electronic cigarettes found “substantial evidence” that e-cigarette use among teens and young adults increases their chance of using tobacco cigarettes in the future. The report was released the same week as a poll that found e-cigarette use among young adults in Kentucky is increasing. The Kentucky Health Issues...

Casey County student smoke-free group receives first Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award

A group of 19 Casey County High School Students are the first recipients of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s new Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award for their work to change the smoking culture on their school campus. The Casey Youth Coalition’s (CYC) campaign has helped reduce smoking, leading to a 10 percent decrease in 30-day tobacco use among 10th graders in 2016, for example....

Study finds more than a quarter of insured adults are under-insured due high-deductible health plans

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than one-fourth of U.S. adults with health insurance were under-insured in 2016, including 44 percent who got their coverage from the federal marketplace and almost 25 percent who got their coverage from employer plans, according to a recent study. Using data from The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, a report from the fund...

Most Lexington adults physically active, but not getting enough fruits and vegetables, poll shows

About eight in 10 adults in the Greater Lexington area are physically active, which puts them on par with state average, but only 24 percent eat the recommended amount of both fruits and vegetables, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) special report on the region. KHIP is funded jointly by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health. The findings have...

KHIP: After three years of holding steady, support for statewide smoke-free law surges to 71 percent

After three years of holding steady at about 66 percent, support for a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law among adults queried in the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) jumped five points over the past year to 71 percent. That’s an upsurge of 17 points since 2011, when KHIP first asked this question. Opposition to such a measure fell 6 points in just the last year, from 31 percent to 25...

Heroin use continues to increase in Kentucky; all regions affected by opioid abuse, KHIP report shows

Heroin use has increased in Kentucky and opioid abuse remains high, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report, released Tuesday. Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky adults say they know someone who has abused prescription pain medication; 17 percent know someone who is using heroin, up from 9 percent in 2013. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that...

Half of Kentucky adults support syringe exchanges because of decrease of risk of HIV outbreaks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More Kentucky adults favor syringe exchanges than oppose them, and the more they know about them, the more likely they are to support them, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Kentucky’s legislature approved syringe exchanges in 2015 to decrease the spread of HIV and hepatitis C, which are commonly spread by the sharing of needles among...

With support for statewide smoking ban increasing, foundation may increase lobbying effort

As more Kentuckians favor a statewide smoking ban — but the state legislature won’t even ban smoking at schools — the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says it may become more active in lobbying against tobacco and for tobacco taxes because of the damage it does to the state’s health. “We are looking at the possibility of really getting involved in a big way,” foundation...

KHIP: Poll shows Kentuckians need to be more physically active to achieve good health

Being physically active is one of the most valuable things a person can do to maintain good health. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, asked Kentucky adults about neighborhood conditions and physical activity. Eight in 10 Kentucky adults (79 percent) said they were either very physically active (30 percent) or somewhat...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Health insurance still uncertain for two in 10 state adults age 18-64

The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) shows that, despite big gains in getting Kentuckians covered by health insurance, 21 percent of Kentucky adults still don’t have stable coverage. According to the poll, 12 percent of Kentucky adults 18-64 remain uninsured and another 9 percent who currently have insurance said they had been without it sometime in the prior 12 months. KHIP is an annual...

Younger and low-income adults most likely to sample e-cigarettes, Kentucky Health Issues poll shows

Despite federal government and health professional’s warnings that e-cigarettes, or “e-smoking,” can be harmful, nearly 40 percent of adults ages 18-45 in Kentucky have tried an e-cig, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Kentuckians with lower incomes also were about 74 percent more likely to have tried vaping than those with higher incomes. More than 60 percent...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Obesity, insurance, cancer among top concerns for all ages in 2016

Obesity, cancer and problems with health insurance or health care comprise three of the top four issues Kentucky adults think are the most important health concerns facing men, women and children in the Commonwealth, according to the first report of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) to be released this year. Hunger and malnutrition was the other top-four issue for children, while heart disease...

More have health insurance, but significant number still can’t afford coverage, KHIP report shows

Policy efforts that lead to decreased smoking rates engender strong support among Kentucky adults, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) series of regional reports, which found that a majority Kentucky adults in every region of the Commonwealth support smoke-free campuses, a statewide smoke-free law and raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. Such policies could...