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Andy Beshear: From coffee grounds to opioid disposal pouches, Kyians join fight against addiction

Over the years, you have heard me say that in order to tackle our state’s opioid epidemic, it’s going to take all of us coming together as a community. That everyone has a role in building a better future. Andy Beshear One of my efforts to build that future is the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, which provides drug deactivation pouches to help Kentucky families safely dispose of the dangerous...

Commentary: Insurers must cover tools to address Kentucky’s growing prescription drug problem

By Rep. Addia Wuchner Special to KyForward Most Kentuckians don’t have to look far to find someone who has been impacted by the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. It has taken a devastating toll on our communities and families while overwhelming our health care and legal systems This presents a complex challenge for Kentucky caregivers, law enforcement, lawmakers and community leaders...

UK professor gets FDA ‘Fast Track’ approval for product aimed at reducing heroin deaths

  By Keith Hautala Special to KyForward   A new product aimed at reducing the death toll from heroin abuse — developed by a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy — is in its final round of clinical trials and has received “Fast Track” designation by the Food and Drug Administration.   The product, a nasal spray application of the anti-opioid drug...