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DV8 Kitchen SoulFull Enterprise Event will teach other Ky. businesses how to help those in recovery

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery focused on hiring and training people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, is now teaching other Kentucky businesses how to do the same. The two-day SoulFull Enterprise Event begins Tuesday in Lexington. Owner Rob Perez says he hopes to lessen the stigma for other business leaders about the idea of hiring “second-chance”...

AT&T contributes $10,000 to Voices of Hope to support students living with addiction

AT&T and Voices of Hope are working together to support Central Kentucky students in recovery from drug addiction, by providing college scholarships funded in part by AT&T’s $10,000 contribution. The Voices of Hope “Living Proof” scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college or university in Central Kentucky. The...

Innovative program for addicted babies results in shorter hospital stays, more empowered moms

An innovative program in Lexington that treats addicted babies, while making sure the moms aren’t using drugs, has shortened hospital stays for the infants and empowered the mothers to be part of their care. As part of a series of stories titled “A Nation in Recovery,” Keegan Hamilton of Vice News paints a picture of what it’s like to be pregnant, addicted to painkillers and...

Commentary: Lawmakers should use attorney general settlement funds to battle addiction, violence

By Andy Beshear Special to KyForward While state leaders may not always agree on how to solve an issue, we can all agree on the major issues staring us in the face. Properly funding state employees’ pensions seems to be the issue mentioned the most. Measures passed in 2013 and 2016 by the General Assembly have focused resources on addressing that issue, and a special session is planned for later...

Jeff Rubin: Current drug epidemic may be even worst than people think and elderly not immune

Not a day goes by that you can’t pick up a newspaper or listen to the news and not be reminded of the drug epidemic in Kentucky and the surrounding region. Here, as in many communities across the Commonwealth and our nation, an increasing number of young people, and not so young people, have fallen victim to some sort of substance abuse or addiction. The result of which, accidental or otherwise,...

Steve Flairty’s Everyday Heroes: After loss, Charlotte Wethington became an advocate

Charlotte Wethington was motivated to become an advocate for recovery by her son's death in 2002.   Looking back, Charlotte Wethington can still see an image of her young son on his favorite choice of recreation, the skateboard, gyrating joyfully around the family’s northern Kentucky neighborhood in Atwood.   She remembers the times that Casey made her nervous; he would take a few too many...