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Owensboro residents discuss meth at community forum; police say they’re losing battle with drug

The methamphetamine problem is so bad in Owensboro that the city commissioner hosted a community forum to discuss it, Katie Pickens reports for the Owensboro Times. “This issue affects almost everyone in this community,” Commissioner Larry Conder told a crowd of more than 100 at the Sept. 10 forum. Methamphetamine is also called meth, crystal, chalk and ice, among other things. It is an extremely...

Louisville health department offers test strips to safeguard drug users against fentanyl exposure

As a way to protect drug users from deadly fentanyl, Louisville’s health department has started passing out test strips, Beth Warren reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. Fentanyl was initially added to heroin, but has increasingly been hidden in many other drugs, including methamphetamine and pills that are made to look like legal ones, Warren reports. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that...

Methamphetamine, long-prevalent in Western Ky., moves east as Johnson County reports upsurge

While most of Kentucky’s focus has been on finding ways to combat the state’s heroin and prescription drug epidemic, another drug that had captured headlines just a few years ago is on the rise — methamphetamine. Meth use has long been most prevalent in Western Kentucky but is moving east. Methamphetamine image from Drug Enforcement Administration “We’re completely eat up with...

Rural Blog: Fewer U.S. workers using prescription opioids but more using cocaine, marijuana

Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using methamphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana, according to data released by Quest Diagnostics, which conducts workplace drug testing, Katie Zezima reports for The Washington Post. The overall percentage of workers who tested...

Kentucky State Police, U.S. DEA to partner on April 28 for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering on April 28 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” said KSP...

Poll: 24 percent of adult Kentuckians know someone misusing prescription pain relievers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Whether it’s the misuse of prescription pain relievers, heroin or methamphetamine, the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll findings indicate that many Kentuckians have a drug problem. The poll, conducted Oct. 24 to Dec. 2, found that nearly one in four Kentucky adults, or 24 percent, said they knew someone who had experienced problems as a result of prescription...