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Commonwealth Fund’s state scorecard finds deaths from suicide, alcohol, drugs, are regional epidemic

KyForward staff Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs have reached an all-time high, but affect states in different ways, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s just released 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. “What we’re seeing is a regional epidemic when it comes to premature deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, Commonwealth Fund President....

KSP introduces new mobile drug education trailer to inform public about effects of substance abuse

The Kentucky State Police have introduced a new mobile substance abuse education exhibit designed to help inform the public about the devastating effects of substance abuse. The 30-foot trailer features 14 flat screen monitors and one touch-screen monitor that present video messages about meth, heroin, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. The videos include actual meth users who tell their real-life stories...

Legislative briefs: Omnibus liquor measure clears Senate; prevailing wage limits measure advances

Liquor and labor were the subjects of the first three pieces of legislation the state Senate passed during its current session. Legislation (Senate Bill 11) that would make a host of changes to the state’s 1930s-era liquor laws passed by a 29-8 vote on Thursday. The omnibus bill would raise the amount of packaged alcohol that could be sold at distilleries to nine liters from the current three liters....