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Surgeon General Jerome Adams comes to Kentucky to talk about opioid epidemic, treatment

By Hannah Carver Special to KyForward Fighting the opioid epidemic and its effects is no single-solution issue. Surgeon General Jerome Adams addresses local business and government leaders in Northern Kentucky (photos by Hannah Carver). Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered that message Monday at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger, Kentucky, while addressing more than 100...

McConnell, drug czar Botticelli join forces
to discuss heroin addiction – and its impacts

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Michael Botticelli, the nation’s drug czar, came together yesterday to discuss the nationwide impact of heroin and prescription opiate addiction.   Appearing at the Government Forum at the Metropolitan Club in Covington in Northern Kentucky, McConnell and Botticelli spoke of the need for a bipartisan effort...

If 80 percent of pre-teens given HPV vaccine, state would have 1,400 fewer cancer deaths

Dr. Lynne Saddler KyForward columnist   When you talk about medical breakthroughs, a cure for cancer rises to the top. While a cure for cancer is yet to be discovered, we have a tool to prevent certain types of cancer — the HPV vaccine. Yet, vaccination rates for pre-teens, who are recommended to get the three-dose series, are surprisingly low.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...