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Kim Moser: We will get through this crisis together — because Kentucky is better when we are united

COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has blasted its way across our world, forcing citizens to worry for the safety of their families as reports of more cases and deaths continue to mount. This pandemic has reached our shores and will likely worsen before it gets better. There are nearly 30,000 documented worldwide deaths and that number rises daily. Last week, Congress finally passed a support package to...

Rep. Kim Moser’s bill for mental-health first aid training program passed unanimously by House

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to create a training program for mental-health first aid has unanimously passed the state House and is in the Senate. House Bill 153, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, would train people in how to best address the needs of someone experiencing a mental-health or substance-use crisis. “The Mental Health First Aid Act will put this evidence-based...

State Representative Kim Moser files bill to create statewide mental health first aid training program

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A House Republican from Taylor Mill has pre-filed a bill that would create a statewide Mental Health First Aid Training Program. State Rep. Kim Moser says the idea is to increase knowledge about the nature of depression and substance abuse disorders, reduce stigma and empower communities to properly help someone experiencing a mental health crisis. According to...

Improvement of children’s health takes center stage for new school health coalition in Kentucky

A new, statewide coalition that will work collectively to improve children’s health in the school setting has been established by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in partnership with Kentucky Voices for Health and Cairn Guidance. The Coalition will work to promote policies, programs and practices that are shown to make measurable differences in children’s health — perhaps in such areas...

Kim Moser: We must attack growing meth crisis in our communities from every possible angle

The epidemic of illegal drug abuse is one of the most difficult challenges facing our communities. Our region’s harrowing experience with opioids has been well documented and remains an ongoing struggle for those who are addicted and their families. Increasingly, the scourge of methamphetamine abuse has grown alongside opioids as a destructive force tearing apart our communities. A recent local article...

Sen. McConnell aims to sponsor legislation making 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in all states

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to make 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in every state – a change that 12 states have recently adopted, but one that failed to pass the Kentucky legislature this year. McConnell said at a Louisville news conference that his move was prompted by the epidemic...

Governor signs into law ban on use of tobacco in all Kentucky public schools and events, effective July 1

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law to ban the use of tobacco products in all Kentucky public schools and events, a policy that has taken several years to pass. It will take effect July 1, 2020. Kim Moser “It’s not only going to help kids become less addicted in the future and improve overall health, but I think it will actually improve the light...

Commentary: Make substance abuse disorder treatment available when needed; it’s common sense

By Kim Moser and Bruce Scott Years of struggling, lost employment, disconnection from family, a feeling of hopelessness — all common issues faced by those suffering from substance abuse disorder. In many cases, interaction with the criminal justice system can also be added to the list. But what if someone wants assistance before they hit rock bottom? There is hope. Addiction is a chronic brain disease...

‘Drug czars’ on front lines of war on heroin — fighting addiction, offering support, educating

  (NKyTribune file photo)   By Mike Rutledge Special to KyForward   When heroin-addicted inmates start leaving the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, injected with a medication that prevents them from getting high from heroin, Kim Moser and Kirk Kavanaugh are two of the people who made that happen.   When a public education campaign launches around the first of the year...