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Commentary: Real policy changes needed to keep addiction from shattering more lives

By Gary Mendell Special to KyForward   Fatal drug overdose has increased more than six-fold in the past three decades, and now, according to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 40,000 Americans died from drug-related overdoses in 2012 alone. This increase is mostly driven by opioids, such as oxycontin and hydrocodone, which now account for nearly 16,000 deaths per year, more overdose...

Weighty Matters: When will we ever learn taking away cupcakes for many means war?

Now this is something I’d consider worth an addiction. I can feel my pheromones humming! (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Lesley Cissell KyForward columnist   A packed house at Lexington’s Lyric Theater sang a famous folksong this week to more than 2 million listeners worldwide tuning in to Michael Johnathon’s tribute to the late Pete Seeger on WoodSongs.   We sang...

Don McNay: Al Smith celebrates 50 years of sobriety, inspiring many through his journey

(Photo provided)   I got to witness a fascinating event this week: the 50-year celebration of when journalist Al Smith stopped drinking and started his journey to greatness.   Of all of Al’s historic accomplishments, stopping drinking was one of the toughest. To make it for 50 years, one day at a time, is an inspiration to all of us.   Al turns 86 this week as well. He’s...